Explore the history of philosophy, critique important historical and contemporary frameworks and apply analytical skills to the discipline.

Students develop intellectual independence, tolerance for different points of view, freedom from dogmatism and critical thinking, analytical and communication skills. Our dedicated faculty of scholars strives for one-to-one interaction with students and discussion-based classes. Together we engage in rigorous analysis of philosophical texts and explore alternate worldviews and links between philosophy and other disciplines.


Philosophy major Noah Masog '24
"The faculty is great and they’ve been extremely supportive. All of the material I’ve learned has really allowed me to get outside my comfort zone and get to know myself a little better.”
— Noah Masog '24

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Pacific’s annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference is a two-day event featuring a keynote address by a renowned philosopher and attracting student attendees from across the globe.

Upcoming Events

All Day | Friday, April 28, 2023 to All Day | Saturday, April 29, 2023
Forest Grove, Marsh Hall


Ben Hole, philosophy professor, was awarded the Engaged Faculty Award at the 2022 Pacific University Community Collaboration Celebration hosted by the Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement. 

Grad Teaser

Jen Bass '21 was named the 2021 Pacific University Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship Creative Inquiry is seeking 12 students to explore "Imaginaries of Hope" through student-led, faculty-mentored projects in the arts and humanities.