http://www.pacific.edu/college/philosophy/
Phone: (209) 946-2281

Lou Matz, Chair

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts

Majors Offered

Philosophy
Philosophy with Departmental Honors

Minors Offered

Philosophy

The study of philosophy is at the core of a liberal arts education. The ideal of a liberal arts education is not simply to prepare students for a specific career but to prepare them for a meaningful personal life and for intelligent participation in their workplace and communities. There are issues that all human beings confront regardless of what career they choose or community they live in, such as the nature of knowledge, the principles of right and wrong, the truth and religious claims, and the meaning of life. Philosophers raise critical questions about these issues, and some attempt to construct comprehensive systems that explain how all human activities fit together in a unified way. Moreover, through the exposure to some of the great minds in human history and the discussion of their ideas with their professors and peers, students develop the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are essential to personal and professional well-being.

Philosophy majors are also prepared to enter the workforce. As the American Philosophical Association notes,

Employers want—and reward—many of the capacities that the study of philosophy develops: for instance, the ability to solve problems, to communicate, to organize ideas and issues, to assess pros and cons, and to boil down complex data. These capacities represent transferable skills. They are transferable not only from philosophy to non-philosophy areas, but from one non-philosophical field to another. For this reason, people trained in philosophy are not only prepared to do many kinds of tasks; they are particularly well prepared to cope with change in their chosen career field, or even move into new careers…there are people trained in philosophy in just about every field. They have gone not only into such professions as teaching (at all levels), medicine, law, computer science, management, publishing, sales, criminal justice, public relations, and many other fields

At Pacific, philosophy majors have enjoyed the interactive and personalized teaching methods of the faculty and the intellectually challenging and personally transformative nature of philosophical thinking. Many philosophy majors complete second majors in disciplines such as Psychology, Economics, Political Science, English, and Mathematics. The Department of Philosophy offers a variety of courses in the area of Value Theory, such as Fundamentals of Ethics, Moral Problems, Ethics of Emerging Technologies, Philosophy of Law, and the Philosophy of Sport, and the area of Metaphysics & Epistemology, such as Introduction to Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Religion, and Metaphysics. The philosophy major consists of ten courses totaling 37 units:

1 History of Philosophy Course
1 Formal Logic Course
1 Value Theory Course
1 Metaphysics & Epistemology Course
1 Career Search Course
5 Additional Courses

Bachelor of Arts Major in Philosophy

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in philosophy.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement

Students must complete one year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.

Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Breadth Requirement

Students must complete 60 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline. (Courses include general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

IV. Major Requirements

Minimum 37 units and 10 courses that include:

PHIL 037Introduction to Logic4
COOP 188Career Search Essentials1
Select one of the following:
Ancient Greek & Roman Philosophy
Science, Freedom & Democracy: History of Modern Philosophy
Select seven courses from the three categories listed below. At least three of these courses must be upper division courses:
Select at least one course from the Value Theory category:
Moral Problems
The Meaning of Life
Fundamentals of Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of Law
Critical Colloquium
Ethics of Emerging Technology
Philosophy of Sport
Political Philosophy
Biomedical Ethics
Select at least one course from the Metaphysics and Epistemology category:
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Philosophy of Science
Sensation and Perception
Philosophy of Mind
God, Faith, and Reason
Metaphysics
Theory of Knowledge
Elective category
Introduction to Philosophy
Making Sense of It All: Philosopher in Depth
Internship/Experiential Learning
PHIL 191 Independent Study
PHIL 193 Special Topics
PHIL 197 Undergraduate Research

Note: 1) 6 of these courses must be completed at Pacific. 2) POLS 130 or POLS 132 are accepted as substitutes for PHIL 135. However, a student cannot get credit toward the philosophy major for taking more than one of these. 3) RELI 145 is accepted as a substitute for PHIL 145.

Bachelor of Arts Major in Philosophy with Departmental Honors

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and a major/program grade point average of 3.8 in order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in philosophy with departmental honors.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement

Students must complete one year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.

Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Breadth Requirement

Students must complete 60 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline. (Courses include general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

IV. Major Requirements

Minimum 37 units and 10 courses that include:

PHIL 037Introduction to Logic4
COOP 188Career Search Essentials1
Select one of the following:
Ancient Greek & Roman Philosophy
Science, Freedom & Democracy: History of Modern Philosophy
Select seven courses from the three categories listed below. At least three of these courses must be upper division courses:
Select at least one course from the Value Theory category:
Moral Problems
The Meaning of Life
Fundamentals of Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of Law
Critical Colloquium
Ethics of Emerging Technology
Philosophy of Sport
Political Philosophy
Biomedical Ethics
Select at least one course from the Metaphysics and Epistemology category:
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Philosophy of Science
Sensation and Perception
Philosophy of Mind
God, Faith, and Reason
Metaphysics
Theory of Knowledge
Elective category
Introduction to Philosophy
Making Sense of It All: Philosopher in Depth
Internship/Experiential Learning
PHIL 191 Independent Study
PHIL 193 Special Topics
PHIL 197 Undergraduate Research

Note: 1) 6 of these courses must be completed at Pacific. 2) POLS 130 or POLS 132 are accepted as substitutes for PHIL 135. However, a student cannot get credit toward the philosophy major for taking more than one of these. 3) RELI 145 is accepted as a substitute for PHIL 145.

Minor in Philosophy

Students must complete a minimum of 18 units and 5 courses with a Pacific minor grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn a minor in philosophy.

Minor Requirements:

Five PHIL Electives - Students are strongly encouraged to make one of them PHIL 53 or 55.18

Note: 1) 3 of these courses must be taken at Pacific. 2) POLS 130 and POLS 132 are accepted as substitutes for PHIL 135. However, a student cannot get credit toward the philosophy minor for taking more than one of these. 3) RELI 145 is accepted as a substitute for PHIL 145.

Philosophy Courses

PHIL 011. Introduction to Philosophy. 4 Units.

This course is an overview of answers that philosophers across the world have provided to questions that most of us ask ourselves at one time or another in life, such as: Can we know anything beyond what our senses tell us? Can we even be sure that what our senses tell us is accurate? Is there a God? Is life after death possible? Do we have free will, and hence moral responsibility for what we do? Are we merely selfish beings or can we do things for the sake of others? Are there moral rules that all cultures and people recognize, or should recognize? Do our lives have meaning without God and without some sort of afterlife? (GE2B)

PHIL 015. Introduction to Cognitive Science. 4 Units.

Cognitive science is an exciting cross-disciplinary field devoted to understanding how the mind works. It draws on research done in a wide variety of disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and neuroscience. This course examines some of the main assumptions, concepts, methods, applications, and limits of the cognitive scientific approach to the mind. Questions include: Is the mind a computer and, if so, what kind of computer? What are the prospects for genuine artificial intelligence? How is the mind organized? Does the mind have innate structures? Can we explain memory, action, perception, reasoning, and social cognition? What can the brain tell us about the mind, and what can we learn from damaged brains? How did minds evolve? To what extent does cognition depend on the body and the environment? (GE3C)

PHIL 021. Moral Problems. 4 Units.

Students explore some of the "big ticket" moral issues of our time for example: physician-assisted suicide, capital punishment, abortion, animal rights, pornography, the limits of free speech, the legalization and use of drugs, affirmative action, war, torture, civil disobedience, gun control, and the distribution of wealth. The best philosophical arguments on both sides of each issue are considered so that each student can decide which positions are most rationally compelling. (GE2B, PLAW)

PHIL 025. The Meaning of Life. 4 Units.

This course is an exploration of one overall question - Do human lives have meaning? - and the answers provided by philosophers, both ancient and modern, across the world. Subsidiary questions include: Is meaning found in this life or in life after death? What makes a life meaningful --is it what we achieve, or the experiences we have, or our relationships, or something else? Is the meaning of life something we make for ourselves or is it provided by some other source, such as God? (GE2B)

PHIL 027. Fundamentals of Ethics. 4 Units.

This course is an inquiry into the question "How should we lead our lives?" Each student is asked to reflect on her/his own moral commitments and how she/he makes morally difficult decisions, and then to consider whether there is any coherent, unifying system or procedure underlying this. The course then explores several of the most durable and influential philosophical approaches to moral decision making which include the strengths and weaknesses of each approach and how each might apply to various real-life situations. Additional issues might include: why we ought to take morality's demands seriously; whether moral judgments are mere opinions; and whether it is legitimate to criticize morally the practices of other cultures. (GE2B, PLAW)

PHIL 035. Environmental Ethics. 4 Units.

Students investige into various environmental problems and the ethical attitudes and principles required to address them. Questions might include: Do animals have rights? Do plants, or whole ecosystems, or future generations of people, have interests, and if so, are we obligated to respect these interests? Are humans part of nature, and is that which is natural always good? Are you required to perform environmentally-friendly acts even in cases where doing so involves some cost to you and you lack assurance that enough others will join you to make a collective difference? Can we put a "price" on environmental goods like clean water, a species' existence, a beautiful vista, and even a human life---as economists frequently try to do? (ENST, GE2B)

PHIL 037. Introduction to Logic. 4 Units.

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and methods employed in the analysis of arguments. The course begins with some of the basic concepts of logic, such as truth, probability, validity, soundness, proof, and consistency. Students learn how to translate arguments into symbolic languages (categorical, sentential, and predicate logics) and evaluate them using various formal techniques. Time may also be spent examining the notion of probability and the character of inductive inference, as well as detecting and explaining common fallacies. (GE3B, PLAW)

PHIL 053. Ancient Greek & Roman Philosophy. 4 Units.

A survey of influential philosophers and philosophical traditions from the ancient Greek and Roman periods—pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics. Some of the central questions of the course are the following: What is happiness and the best ways to achieve it? What is the difference between knowledge and opinion? What is the nature of things in the world? What is the nature of the mind or soul? What is the origin and nature of morality and justice? What is the best form of government? Does a divine being exist? Does the mind or soul survive death? (GE2B)

PHIL 055. Science, Freedom & Democracy: History of Modern Philosophy. 4 Units.

Students study central philosophers and issues starting from roughly 1500 A.D. Authors students read might include: Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. Examples of questions addressed: Do we have assurance that the "real world" is as we perceive it to be? Is there actually a world that exists independent of our perceptions? When does what we believe count as knowledge? Do we have free will? Do we have souls? How can we best govern ourselves? Students will apply their philosophical knowledge in a Reacting to the Past game. (GE2B)

PHIL 061. Philosophy of Science. 4 Units.

Students examine the main philosophical issues regarding the nature and methods of science. Among the questions to be considered are: Can we clearly distinguish science and non-science? Is there such a thing as a scientific method? What counts as sufficient evidence for a scientific law? In what sense are new theories better than old ones? Is science converging on the ultimate truth about the natural world? What is it to say that electrons, black holes, or genes really exist? What are scientific explanations and how do they differ from descriptions and predictions? Examples are drawn from the natural and social sciences. No background in science is needed though science majors are especially welcome. (GE3C)

PHIL 079. Sensation and Perception. 4 Units.

This course is an introduction to human sensory systems and perception. Building upon a detailed analysis of visual processing, students explore through lecture, readings, demonstrations, case studies, and investigations how scientists research the various sensory systems and how they shape our experience of, and interaction with the world. This draws on diverse fields such as biology, physics, philosophy and art in addition to psychology. This course is open to all students. (GE3C)

PHIL 087. Internship. 1-4 Units.

PHIL 106. Philosophy of Law. 4 Units.

This course is an analysis of the nature and function of law. More specific topics in the course might include: the idea of law as an instrument of social control; whether democratically decided laws can ever be illegitimate; the extent to which we are obligated to obey the law; the justification for punishment, and its permissible forms; the relationship between law, morality, and justice; the appropriate role of legislators, lawyers, and judges; and the role of interpretation, coherence, and precedent in judicial reasoning. Readings draw from legal and political philosophy, social sciences, and judicial opinions. Not recommended for first-year students. (PLAW)

PHIL 121. Philosophy of Mind. 4 Units.

Students explore some of the majors issues and debates in recent philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Possible questions include: Are mental states just brain states? Are minds like computers? What are the prospects for artificial intelligence? Can non-human animals think? How essential are the body and external environment to the character of the mind? Can the subjective aspects of experience ever be explained in objective (e.g. physical) terms? Could one person's experience of the world be radically different from another's? How do thoughts get their contents? What is the relationship between thought and action? What can pathological cases teach us about the mental? Recommended: a previous course in philosophy.

PHIL 122. Philosophy of Language. 4 Units.

Students investigate the main philosophical issues that concern the nature of language and communication. Questions include: How do words come to have meaning? What exactly do we know when we understand a language? Which comes first, language or thought? What are the functions of language, if not merely to convey information? How do we sometimes manage to communicate so much more than what we literally say? How do metaphor, irony, and other figurative uses of language work? To what do fictional names like Sherlock Holmes refer? Recommended: a previous course in philosophy.

PHIL 124. God, Faith, and Reason. 4 Units.

Students examine various fundamental questions in the philosophy of religion, such as the following: What is the nature of religion? Does God exist? What are its attributes? What is the relationship between faith and reason? Do science and religion make competing claims? Does the existence of evil in the world show that God is either not all-powerful or not wholly good? Do we ever have reason to believe in miracles? Do we have souls that survive our bodily death? Does the very existence of morality depend on God? What are the philosophical implications of religious diversity? (GE2B)

PHIL 126. Ethics of Emerging Technology. 4 Units.

In the last two decades, our use of information technology has expanded dramatically while changing fundamental aspects of our daily lives. In this course, we will investigate ethical questions that arise due to these changes. We will begin by considering classical 20th century texts on the philosophy of technology, texts that identify ways in which technology can undermine our possibilities for living authentic and fulfilling lives. In the second part of the course, we will focus on new forms of information technology. We will cover ethical questions arising with technological developments such as social media, virtual reality, file sharing, MMORPGs, and artificial intelligence. We will also consider the claim that we are very likely living in a computer simulation. Some general questions that we will consider are as follows: How should we use information technology? How might technology alter our minds? What, if anything, would be an ethical strategy for technological innovation? What would it mean to use technology in a virtuous way?

PHIL 127. Philosophy of Sport. 4 Units.

Sporting activity raises various kinds of philosophical questions: What defines a “sport”? What should be the purpose of sports? Do sports develop moral character? What is cheating in sports? What is sportsmanship? What is performance enhancement and what is wrong with it? Should violent sports be banned? Are university sports compatible with a university’s mission? Are students-athletes exploited? What is the role of sports in a meaningful of life? The philosophy of sport analyzes these and other philosophical questions that arise in sports and that have practical applications for athletes, coaches, sports organizations, fans, and society at large. (GE2B)

PHIL 135. Political Philosophy. 4 Units.

Students investigate issues such as: the justification for and limits on governmental power; the origin and extent of rights; the nature and proper extent of individual liberty; the nature and substantive demands of social, economic, and legal justice; the virtues and vices of various political systems; and tensions between political goods such as freedom, equality, fairness, security, and tradition. Not recommended for first-year students. (GE2B)

PHIL 145. Biomedical Ethics. 4 Units.

Students examine the ethical theories, principles, and concepts that justify decisions in health care and medical science. Topics covered may include: physician-assisted suicide, termination or refusal of life-sustaining treatment, abortion, reproductive technologies such as cloning, in vitro fertilization, and surrogacy, the allocation of scarce medical resources (including transplant organs) genetic manipulation, and experimentation on humans and animals. Not recommended for first-year students. (GE2B)

PHIL 147. Making Sense of It All: Philosopher in Depth. 4 Units.

How do our views on reality, ethics, science and politics fit together? We assume they are all consistent with each other, but often they are not. In this course we reflect on our own beliefs in light of our sustained study of a single, highly important philosophical figure who tried to build a consistent worldview. Looking at this person's views in various areas of philosophy - ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics - and exploring how these views cohere (or fail to cohere) can help us improve our own worldview. The philosopher studied differs from semester to semester, but candidates include such thinkers as: Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Mill, or Nietzsche. Course may be repeated when a different philosopher is studied. (GE2B)

PHIL 180. Metaphysics. 4 Units.

This course is a philosophical exploration of the ultimate nature of reality. Metaphysical questions include: What is the nature of existence? Of necessity and possibility? What kinds of things are there? In virtue of what is something the very thing it is (rather than something else)? Does an object persist as the same object through time and change? What, if anything, makes you the same person over the course of your life? What is it to be a person at all? To what extent are we genuinely free to choose our actions? If one could not have done other that what one did then how can one be held responsible for one's actions? What is the nature of time? Recommended: a previous course in philosophy.

PHIL 182. Theory of Knowledge. 4 Units.

Students study the nature, sources, and limits of human knowledge. Questions to be considered include: What is knowledge and how does it differ from belief or opinion? What justifies what I claim to know or believe? How do I acquire knowledge--via perception, testimony, memory, pure reason, etc.--and how reliable are these sources? Is all knowledge acquired through experience or are there truths that can be known by pure reason? Does knowledge require certainty? Can we know anything about the future (or the past)? Can I know that there is an external world or that there are other minds? What is the nature of self-knowledge? Do I know myself better than anyone else? Are humans really rational? Recommended: a previous course in philosophy.

PHIL 184. Meta-Ethics: What is Morality? 4 Units.

Questions such as "Which actions are right?" and "Which character traits are virtues?" are first-order ethical questions. Meta-ethics, by contrast, involves second-order questions--that is, reflecting philosophically on the nature of our first-order moral judgments. Thus, questions students explore in this course might include: What do terms like "good," "bad," "right," and "wrong" mean? Can these attributes be reduced to natural properties, such as the property of being desired, or being conducive to the production of happiness or social harmony? Do moral claims (such as "Lying is wrong") state objective facts, or merely express personal or social approval/disapproval, or what? If there are moral facts, how do we learn them? What is the relationship between judging an action to be right and having reasons or motives to perform that action? What is the relationship between morality and evolution? Recommended: a previous course in philosphy.

PHIL 187. Internship/Experiential Learning. 1-4 Units.

Permission of the instructor. This class may be used to reflect philosophically on one’s employment, internship or practicum experiences. Students interested in sustained reflection on their professional or pre-professional experiences should meet with the faculty member with whom they would like to work before the term in which they plan to do the reflection. The reflection plan should focus on a particular philosophical issue, and include regular written reflection, research in the relevant philosophical literature, and result in a work product to be shared with other philosophy majors and minors. Proposals and Individualized Study Requests are due before the end of the semester before the term the reflection is planned.

PHIL 191. Independent Study. 1-4 Units.

Permission of the instructor. The department welcomes proposals from students for single-term individual study projects. These courses are designed to allow students to pursue topics not covered in currently offered courses. Students interested in pursuing an individual study should meet with the faculty member with whom they would like to work before the term in which they plan to do the independent study. The precise requirements of the independent study in any individual case will be determined by the instructor in consultation with the student.

PHIL 193. Special Topics. 4 Units.

The department welcomes proposals from groups of students for single-term courses on topics not covered in currently offered courses. Students interested in pursuing the study of a topic or figure in the history of philosophy should meet with the faculty member with whom they would like to work before the term in which they plan to do the course. The precise requirements of the course in any individual case will be determined by the instructor.

PHIL 197. Project: Undergraduate Research. 2 Units.

Permission of the department. The department invites students who have demonstrated strengths in philosophy to pursue a senior thesis under the guidance of one or more faculty members. Questions addressed might include: Which moral principles should guide stem-cell research? Are there any universal human rights? Can we reliably know our own intentions? Are political conflicts moral disagreements? Are there different ways of believing a claim is true? Applications due April 1 of a student’s Junior year.

Philosophy majors should be able to:

1. Comprehend complex philosophical texts (content and structure).
2. Write clear, succinct, well-organized essays, that demonstrate understanding of the topic and critically evaluate the claims and arguments for them.
3. Express complex ideas and arguments clearly, succinctly and respectfully in both discussion and presentations.
4. Comprehend and apply formal techniques of reasoning.
5. Recognize, create and/or respond to reasoned objections to an argument using relevant and convincing evidence and arguments.
6. Contextualize and evaluate arguments relative to major philosophical movements and developments.

1. Read Philosophical Texts

Majors do careful, correct and critical reading of texts, identifying claims, assumptions, criticisms and responses.

2. Write Philosophical Essays

Majors write clear, succinct, well organized essays that demonstrate understanding of the topic and critically
evaluate the claims and arguments for them.

3. Orally present and discuss philosophical positions and arguments

Majors express complex ideas and arguments clearly, succinctly and respectfully in both presentations and discussion.

4 Reason Logically

Majors understand and apply formal techniques of reasoning

5. Critically Assess Arguments

Majors recognize, create, and respond to reasoned objections to an argument using relevant and convincing evidence and arguments.

6. Analyze philosophical problems in the context of the relevant philosophical tradition

Majors can insightfully contextualize and evaluate arguments relative to major movements and developments in the history of philosophy.

Philosophy Faculty

Lou Matz, Professor and Chair, 1999, BA, University of the Redlands, 1984; MA, University of California, San Diego, 1987; PhD, 1992. Member, Phi Beta Kappa.

James Heffernan, Emeritus, 1972, BA, Fordham University, 1964; MA, 1967; PhD, University of Notre Dame, 1976.

Michael Madary, Assistant Professor, 2019, BA, University of Dallas 2000; MA, University of Houston, 2004; PhD, Tulane University, 2007

Eleanor Wittrup, Assistant Professor, 1996, BA, Wellesley College, 1986; MTS, Harvard University Divinity School, 1989; PhD, University of California, San Diego, 1994.