Philosophy

Major, Minor

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.

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

The Department of Philosophy will host The 71st Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference.

Headlines

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. 

Ian O’Loughlin has been promoted to associate professor of philosophy and granted indefinite tenure by Pacific University.

Mike Rushfeldt '95

Alumnus and former employee Mike Rushfeldt '95 supports Pacific University with an annual physics scholarship and planned gift.