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Cutting edge research

Cutting edge research

Our faculty are known worldwide for their work in top journals. We'll show you what it takes to get your ideas published.

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Interested in Mind?

Interested in Mind?

Undergraduates are encouraged to earn the interdepartmental Neuroscience Certificate.

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Talk about a stimulus package.

Talk about a stimulus package.

Undergraduate philosophy majors score better on the LSAT, GMAT and GRE than most other majors. Employers now actively seek out philosophy majors.

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More than the armchair.

More than the armchair.

With two other top philosophy programs around the corner, UMSL students can attend world-class talks almost every week.

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A Forum that is, uh, friendly.

A Forum that is, uh, friendly.

Philosophy is fun, too. From weekly social outings to the annual Gateway Graduate Conference, students have plenty of opportunities to chat with faculty.

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Philosophers ask big questions, critically explore a vast range of topics, and call into question many of our established assumptions. Our mission is to advance our discipline by producing innovative research, teaching, and service.

Our department offers both undergraduate (major, double-major, minor) and graduate (master’s) degrees.  The Philosophical Gourmet ranks our M.A. program among the top nine nationwide. The high rating of the M.A. program ensures that the undergraduate program will also be very strong.  And in fact some of our undergraduate majors are currently pursuing philosophy Ph.D.s in programs every bit as prestigious as those in which we have placed our M.A. students. 

We are searching for two assistant professors:

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS, St. Louis, MO. Assistant Professor (tenure track), Department of Philosophy.  Begins Fall Semester 2015. AOS: open.  AOC: ethics or political philosophy. Must be able to teach Philosophy of Law and Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Justice. Undergraduate and graduate teaching; four courses per academic year; thesis advising; usual service.  Preferred: Teaching experience and a demonstrated ability to publish in major analytic journals. We seek people who show strong promise of being productive scholars. Salary competitive.  Send CV, at least three letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching excellence, and a writing sample. Apply online at http://umsl.jobs. Send letters of recommendation to Philosophysearch@umsl.edu. The University of Missouri is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Application review will begin October 13, 2014.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS, St. Louis, MO.  Assistant Professor (tenure track), Department of Philosophy.  Begins Fall Semester 2015.  AOS: open.  AOC: some subset of metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science.  Undergraduate and graduate teaching; four courses per academic year; thesis advising; usual service.  Preferred: Teaching experience and a demonstrated ability to publish in major analytic journals.  We seek people who show strong promise of being productive scholars.  Salary competitive.  Send CV, at least three letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching excellence, and a writing sample. Apply online at http://umsl.jobs.  Send letters of recommendation to PhilosophySearch@umsl.edu.  The University of Missouri is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Application review will begin October 13, 2014.

Investigate the Career of the UMSL Philosophy Major.

New Tracks for Majors:

Pre-Law, Science Studies, Psychology and Neuroscience, Ethics and Society, Health Sciences, and History of Philosophy.

Interdisciplinary Programs:

The Department of Philosophy is home to the following interdisciplinary programs: Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Gender Studies CertificateNeuroscience CertificatePhilosophy of Science and Technology Minor, and the Certificate of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.