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Welcome to the University of South Alabama Philosophy Department

The Philosophy Department at USA offers an outstanding opportunity to receive a broad, intellectually stimulating education in a small, supportive, and friendly department.

Philosophy is a discipline that uses logic and reasoning to investigate issues such as the nature of reality, the nature of knowledge, possible reasons for or against the existence of God, ethical rights and obligations, and many other topics. Philosophy students learn how to objectively examine others' beliefs, to construct thorough arguments of their own, and to interpret complex information. As such, the philosophy major is a superb way to prepare yourself for a professional career. Philosophy majors consistently score at or near the top of the entrance examinations for law school, medical school, business school, and graduate school.

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Department News

Spring, 2015

The University of South Alabama Department of Philosophy invites applications for a non-tenure track (9 month, one-year only) Assistant Professor, starting August 15, 2015. The teaching load is 4-4. Area of Specialization: Open. Area of Concentration: Open (but must be qualified to teach introduction to logic and critical thinking). Applicants should possess an earned doctoral degree, but ABD’s near completion of the degree will be considered. No submissions via electronic mail. Send letter of interest, brief statement of teaching philosophy, CV, official transcripts, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters reference sent directly by the referees or appropriate placement office to: Dr. Ted Poston, Search Committee Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of South Alabama, 5991 N. University Blvd, Room 124, Mobile, AL, 36688.

 Review of applications to begin immediately and continue until position is filled. The University of South Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Employer — Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled.



The philosophy department is thrilled to announce a successful conclusion to the new classics position.  Dr. Samuel Baker (Princeton) will be joining our department in Fall 2015.  Dr. Baker works on Aristotle.  


The Annual Orange Beach Epistemology Workshop will be May 18th and 19th, 2015.  This year's topic is inference to the best explanation.


We are pleased to announce that a new minor in Religion has been officially approved! Details are now available in the 2013-14 University Bulletin.

Philosophy majors top GRE scores again!
In 2013, Philosophy majors once again were the highest-scoring major on the Graduate Record Examination, which is the test required by most graduate schools. Philosophy majors were once again second on the Law School Admissions Test (behind Physics/Math combined). Our majors do extremely well on professional and graduate school admissions.