About Philosophy at the University of Oregon
Engaged thinking and integrated pluralism characterize philosophy at the University of Oregon.
Offering undergraduate (B.A., B.S., and a minor) and graduate (M.A. and Ph.D.) degrees, the department is home to ongoing dialogues and inquiries across philosophical perspectives and academic disciplines.
Emphasizing the traditions of American, Continental, and Feminist philosophy, our department's fields of focus include aesthetics, critical theory, environmental philosophy, ethics, the history of philosophy, Latin American and Native American philosophy, peace and conflict studies, phenomenology, philosophical psychology, philosophy of mind and cognitive science, philosophy of race, post-structuralism, and social/political philosophy.
Our graduate program produces first-rate scholars and teachers with a strong foundation in the history of philosophy, a well-rounded preparation in the diverse concerns of contemporary philosophy, and the skills to communicate effectively across different traditions and schools of thought. Our graduates have an established track-record of successful placement in tenure-track positions at liberal arts colleges and research universities.
Our thriving undergraduate program, with over 200 majors and minors, is one of the largest in the nation. We encourage our students to become engaged, reflective citizens and lifelong learners while preparing them for graduate study or careers in government, law, the non-profit sector, or business. Our undergraduate program emphasizes the skills of critical reflection, written and oral communication, and creative problem-solving.
Our faculty and students collaborate with a range of University-wide, interdisciplinary programs and research centers, including the Center for the Study of Women in Society, Comparative Literature, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, the Latin American Studies Program, Religious Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. The department is home to Environmental Philosophy, the official journal of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy.
The University of Oregon is the leading program for those seeking to integrate multiple theoretical perspectives in dialogue with the history of philosophy. For more information about our philosophical community, consult this site or write to us at the address below.
News & Announcements
- Fall 2013 Course Descriptions
- Celebration of Women and Feminism in Philosophy, 31 May 2013
- COMMENCEMENT — 17 June 2013
- Summer Institute in American Philosophy, 8-13 July 2013
- “What is Liberalism?” 7th annual Graduate Philosophy Club Conference
- The Department of Philosophy is Moving!
- Colloquia and Conference Calendar, 2012-2013