The Department of Philosophy is home to a distinguished tradition of philosophical research and teaching. Our programs provide a comprehensive academic atmosphere for pursuing advanced study in a wide range of philosophical subjects and methods—systematic, analytic, and historical. 

Undergraduate Programs

The undergraduate programs provide an intensive course of study through logical analysis, conceptual interpretation, and critique of texts, arguments, and ideas. You will develop a broad competence in the history of philosophy and a thorough understanding of diverse philosophical positions.

Graduate Programs

The M.A. in Philosophy provides a background in philosophy and prepares students for advanced studies or Ph.D. programs. The Ph.D. in Philosophy provides advanced philosophical training to students with outstanding scholarly competence, so that they may pursue high-quality independent research under the mentorship of faculty, and become independent members of the international philosophical community. 

Philosophy & Law Connection

It is universally known that a B.A. in Philosophy is one of the best courses of study for entrance into law. 

Currently (as for many years), Duquesne students major in philosophy and then enter reputable Juris Doctor programs such as Duquesne's Thomas R. Kline School of Law, the University of Virginia School of Law, and other well-established programs in the country. We are here to support you throughout all your years of study at Duquesne University.

The Philosophy and Law options at Duquesne University are:

  1. The 3/3 (Philosophy/J.D./Pre-Law): a three-year undergraduate program in philosophy followed by early admission into the Juris Doctor (J.D.) three-year program.
  2. The 4/3 (B.A./J.D.): the regular four-year undergraduate B.A. in Philosophy, followed by the Juris Doctor three-year program. Enrollment is first through the College of Arts, and then through the School of Law.
  3. The 4/4 (B.A./M.A./J.D.): the regular four-year undergraduate B.A. in philosophy, followed by the Juris Doctor / Master of Arts in Philosophy Joint Degree four-year program. 

Please feel free to contact either co-director, Professor Jennifer%20Bates in Philosophy or Professor Bruce%20Ledewitz in Law.

Heidelberg Exchange Program

Students can reap horizon-expanding opportunities through a cooperative exchange program with Heidelberg University, overseen by Dr. Lanei Rodemeyer of Duquesne's Philosophy Department. Heidelberg University is ranked #1 in Germany in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities; it has one of the most storied and prestigious philosophy programs.

In addition to graduate student exchange, the two schools have faculty exchanges. Duquesne hosted Heidelberg's Dr. Markus Herrmann for the Spring 2014 semester, when he taught a graduate seminar on Kant. Duquesne's Dr. Lanei Rodemeyer taught at the University of Heidelberg in 2014-15 and spent sabbatical there in 2015-16. In the Fall 2015 semester we hosted Heidelberg's Dr. Roberto Vinco, who taught a graduate seminar on Hegel's Philosophical System as well as an undergraduate course on the ontological argument.

The Heidelberg Exchange Program also offers opportunities for our philosophy graduate instructors to design and teach Spring Break Away courses to Heidelberg. Instructors receive grants to travel and organize their trips from the Office of International Education at Duquesne University. Peter Libbey designed the first in Spring 2015, and Sıla ozkara has designed another for 2017.

Note that Duquesne graduate philosophy students are not eligible to go to Heidelberg on the exchange until they have finished their coursework at Duquesne.

Meet Our Faculty

Dr. R. Shane Agin

Dr. R. Shane Agin

Associate Professor, French & Italian

Dr. Kelly Arenson

Dr. Kelly Arenson

Graduate Placement Director & Associate Professor, Philosophy

Dr. Jennifer Bates

Dr. Jennifer Bates

Professor, Philosophy

Dr. Therese Bonin

Dr. Therese Bonin

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Dr. Tom Eyers

Dr. Tom Eyers

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Dr. Michael Harrington

Dr. Michael Harrington

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Dr. Jay Lampert

Dr. Jay Lampert

Professor, Philosophy

Dr. Patrick Miller

Dr. Patrick Miller

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Dr. Lanei Rodemeyer

Dr. Lanei Rodemeyer

Graduate Director & Associate Professor, Philosophy

Dr. Daniel Selcer

Dr. Daniel Selcer

Department Chair & Associate Professor, Philosophy

Dr. James Swindal

Dr. James Swindal

Professor, Henry Koren, C.S.Sp Endowed Chair in Scholarly Excellence, and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Eric Vogelstein

Dr. Eric Vogelstein

Associate Professor, Philosophy & Nursing, Director of Ethics for the School of Nursing

Dr. Fred Evans

Dr. Fred Evans

Professor Emeritus