In Fall of 2013 we will be welcoming two new Assistant Professors and one Visiting Assistant Professor. Our new Assistant Professors are: Graham Leach-Krouse of University of Notre Dame, whose specializations are philosophy of mathematics, philosophical logic, and mathematical logic; and Rosa Terlazzo of Australian National University, whose specializations are political and social philosophy, applied ethics, and global justice. Our new Visiting Assistant Professor is Amelia Hicks of University of Notre Dame; her specializations are metaethics and normative ethics. Please help us welcome our new faculty members!
Who we are
Our department has strengths in philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, philosophy of language, decision theory, ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy of mathematics. We are an undergraduate-focused department that is also very active in research, giving our students the opportunity to participate in philosophical research while still undergraduates.
We offer a variety of options within the major program to provide flexibility in organizing a course of studies with philosophy at its center. We also offer a minor. Our program in philosophy gives students an understanding of traditional philosophical subjects such as the nature and justification of moral values, religious and scientific explanations of the world, the rationality of social institutions, and the nature of reasoning and argument. It also helps students develop critical habits of thinking and skill in understanding complex issues. Consequently, philosophy is an appropriate subject around which to organize a general education for any purpose. Our majors go to law school, medical school, graduate programs in philosophy and related areas, become ministers, and open their own businesses, and all of them credit our program with preparing them for successful careers.
LSAT, GMAT and GRE scores for philosophy majors rank in the top three nationally virtually every year. Also, philosophy majors have among the highest acceptance rates at law schools and medical schools each year. For instance, KSU philosophy majors over the last twenty years have had an acceptance rate at law schools of over 96%.