Welcome to the Philosophy Department

The CGU Philosophy Department aims to provide students with a high-quality, historically grounded education covering the major figures and themes in the history of Western philosophy and the major systematic areas of philosophy proper. Faculty from the other Claremont Colleges and from the Claremont School of Theology teach our students, affording a diversity of contemporary perspectives and methodological approaches to the ancient, modern, and contemporary periods of this tradition.

Because CGU is a graduate-only institution with a commitment to seminar-style learning, classes are small and intimate. Graduate courses rarely have more than 12 students, and seminars typically range from 6 to 10 students. Students are expected to work closely with their professors in all aspects of their coursework. Students are also encouraged to pursue interests they may have in areas outside philosophy. Several interdisciplinary concentrations are available to students in the Philosophy program: American Studies, Continental Philosophy, Early Modern Studies, Hemispheric & Transnational Studies, Media Studies, and Museum Studies.

The department specializes in working with students who need more training in philosophy to be competitive in applying to PhD programs elsewhere. Students who earn MA degrees at CGU often succeed in gaining admission into strong PhD programs beyond CGU. We also welcome students who became interested in philosophy late in their undergraduate careers, as well as students who wish to supplement their work in philosophy before going on to business or law school.

Chair: Masahiro Yamada
831 N. Dartmouth Avenue • Claremont, CA 91711 • 909-621-8612 • Fax 909-607-9587

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Masahiro Yamada

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Chair, Philosophy Department

 

Philosophy Department Faculty
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Patricia Easton

Executive Vice President and Provost
Professor of Philosophy

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Masahiro Yamada

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Chair, Philosophy Department

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Charles Young

Professor of Philosophy

 

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