Philosophy Department

Welcome to the Philosophy Department! Philosophy is the active pursuit of knowledge or wisdom. It emphasizes logic and rigorous, critical thinking—valuable skills that are useful in many contexts. Philosophy is considered excellent preparation for graduate and professional careers in fields such as law, health sciences and public service.   

The department offers an undergraduate major and a minor in Philosophy; a major and a minor in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL); and a specialized masters’ degree and a PhD in applied philosophy.   

BGSU has an international reputation for its focus on applied philosophy, which includes ethics, meta-ethics, ethical analysis of public policy, and political philosophy. The department has an active group of scholars, and hosts regular colloquia and annual workshops on applied ethics and public policy.

Employment Opportunities within the Department
Adjunct teaching positions (part-time) 2018-19


What Can I Do With a Philosophy Degree?

What Can I Do With a Philosophy Degree?

Philosophy can prepare you for all sorts of fascinating careers.  Meet three of our recent BGSU philosophy graduates -Robert Mominee, Hannah Nicol, and Daniel Gordon- and see what amazing things they've gone on to do with their degree. Read More


Justin Donhauser Joins Philosophy Department

Justin Donhauser Joins Philosophy Department

We welcome Justin Donhauser to the faculty, starting Fall 2018.  Justin came to BGSU from Western University's Rotman Institute of Philosophy (London, ON).  He earned his PhD as a doctoral fellow in the National Science Foundation’s Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE-IGERT) program, and has taught an array of applied philosophy and sustainability courses as a Service-learning Faculty Fellow. His research focuses on crossdisciplinary projects that have practical value for public-policy and resource management decision-making, and often engages with issues falling at the intersection of Environmental Ethics and Applied Philosophy of Science.  Justin teaches Logic, Environmental Philosophy, and Philosophy of Science courses, as well as applied philosophy courses including Data Science Ethics and Robot Ethics. Read More

2019 Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy

2019 Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy

In 2019, we will be hosting the ninth in the annual series of the Bowling Green Workshops in Applied Ethics and Public Policy

This year's topic: "The Ethics of Public Discourse."

The workshop will be held on April 5 and 6 at Bowling Green State University.

The two invited speakers will be: Julia Driver (Washington University) and Jason Stanley (Yale University) For further information and the Call for Papers see the Phil Events page here

6th Annual BGSU Graduate Student Applied Philosophy Workshop

November 2-3, 2018

This year's theme is

"Individual and Collective Responsibility"

Keynote speakers are:

Dr. Marion Smiley

Professor of Philosophy, Brandeis University

Dr. Mark Budolfson

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Vermont

View the full program, register and get further details here

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Philosophy, Politics, Economics, & Law

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Studying Philosophy at BGSU

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Philosophy are expected to be able to:

  • Read and understand sophisticated philosophical texts;
  • Critically evaluate philosophical arguments;
  • Construct and defend philosophical arguments in well-organized, clear, and concise prose;
  • Demonstrate mastery of basic philosophical concepts and methods, both orally and in writing;
  • Apply critical-thinking and argument-evaluation skills to the philosophical issues and arguments that present themselves in everyday life;
  • Engage in rational, civil discourse about complex and emotionally laden topics in a manner that is respectful of others.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Philosophy program is currently undergoing Program/Cluster Review.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Philosophy program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Philosophy program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.