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Welcome to The Department of Philosophy

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy at Boise State

Who me, study Philosophy at Boise State University?

We are a compact, vibrant department with engaged and inquisitive majors and minors. If you asked one of them why he or she has chosen to pursue a degree in philosophy, you’ll likely hear, “Because I love it and I must.” Our faculty share this passion for inquiry into the most fundamental questions concerning the nature of reality and the place of human beings within it.

Our smaller size fosters a strong sense of community, and students enjoy extensive interaction with faculty members. Philosophy is proving more and more to be an area of study that employers like to see in their applicants, and who have greater earning potential than one might think. Philosophy is a great double major for Psychology, Physics, Math, and of course, for those wishing to go into both medical and legal professions.

Why Philosophy?

NPR –  How to think like a philosopher

Washington Post

Forbes Magazine

Huffington Post

Psychology Today

Philosophy is a great major!

Harvard Med School Prof makes the case for philosophy

Graduate School Information-from


Dr. Irem Kurtsal upcoming event

Dr. Irem Kurtsal upcoming event


Boise State University’s Philosophy Department

This site contains information about our program, our faculty, and opportunities for students.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for, give us a call or drop us an email. Or stop in. We are located at 2103 University, in the old round building to the east of the University Suites dorms that are across University Drive from the Brady Garage.

"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." - Socrates Our Philosophy:
Every student needs to have good critical reasoning skills and a sense of intellectual history irrespective of major in order to contribute to shared well-being and prosperity.

Our Vision:
To be recognized as one of the West’s most potent baccalaureate programs in philosophy.

Our Mission:
To inspire every student to think critically and communicate effectively; to produce graduates with the highest degree of competence; and to make substantial contributions in research.