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Welcome to the Philosophy Department



The Department of Philosophy at New Mexico State University provides an undergraduate education in philosophy comparable to the best small programs in the country. Philosophy students are exposed to the classical texts and problems of ancient, modern, and contemporary philosophy.

The department supports an undergraduate major, a general minor in philosophy, as well as a minor in ethics.

Courses offered include: Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, Formal Logic, Informal Logic, Ancient Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Ethical Theory, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Language,and the Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy and Literature, and Philosophy of Music.

Philosophy students at NMSU study in a small, friendly department where they can enjoy close interaction with faculty who take pride in their teaching but who are also serious researchers.


New interdisciplinary course for JPPL majors:

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Border Discussion

Guadalupe Institute, the departments of Philosophy and Government are organizing a discussion of Justice and the U.S. – Mexican Border and Immigration, on April 11th and 12th, in the Corbett Center at NMSU. For details please follow this link.

New Major and Minor to be offered Fall 2019

The philosophy department is excited to announce a new major and minor in Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law (JPPL). Although students will not be able to declare the major or minor until the fall of 2019, it is not too early to start planning: courses completed before the fall of 2019 may count towards the new programs. For the requirements please follow this link: JPPL Major and Minor.

Video Interviews with Philosophy Majors and Faculty

Click on the links below to hear some of our students and faculty talk about their research interests and the department. The philosophy department would like to thank Brandon Gass for his supererogatory directorial efforts in putting these videos together. In fact, Brandon does double-duty as he also co-stars in the “Four Philosophy Undergraduates” video below.

Four philosophy students reflect on studying philosophy at NMSU.

Interview with Professor Cleveland.

Interview with Professor Keleher.

Interview with Professor Klocksiem:

Interview with Professor Noonan.

Interview with Professor Vessel.

Interview with Professor Walker.