Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy offers a variety of courses in traditional areas of philosophical study, including ethics, epistemology, logic, metaphysics, and the history of philosophy. Through a collaborative study of these topics, our faculty helps students develop the skills that we value as a department - skills like active reading, critical thinking, analytic writing, and effective speaking.

Office Hours 

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Summer Office Hours

The office is staffed in person Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to noon, and remotely from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. If you would like to make an in-person appointment, please contact our academic department manager by email Sùsanna à'Kinlochaline or on Teams x3707.

For help when the office is closed or outside of regular office hours, please contact our department manager, Sùsanna à'Kinlochaline, or department chair Professor Ryan Wasserman

Course Schedule

A NEW draft of the 2022-2023 course schedule is now available (updated 3/28/22).

Congratulations Bryce Rosenwald!

Meet Bryce Rosenwald, Philosophy major and 2022 Outstanding Graduate of CHSS.

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Bryce Rosenwald


Rosenwald graduated magna cum laude and earned a place on the honor roll eight times. He also served as a teaching assistant for the Philosophy Department’s logic courses, and completed a capstone project on effective teaching methods for the logic classroom. In recognition of his hard work, he was the recipient of the 2018-2020 Academic Achievement Award, the 2020-21 Olscamp scholarship, and the 2021-22 Downing/Montague scholarship. Rosenwald invested his time and talents into the campus community as a member of Philosophy Club, the University Choir, and the varsity Cross Country and Track teams. His running skills allowed him to win the GNAC FAR Scholar-Athlete Award twice. He also served the community as a volunteer at Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County. He does not know what his long-term career goals are, but for now he has a job at a consulting firm in his hometown of Bellevue. 

Read the full article in Western Today!