A Faculty Devoted to Teaching and Mentoring

Professor Price and students. We are a small department of nine full-time faculty, one Emeritus professor, and occasional visitors. We have no graduate programs and as such are exclusively devoted to teaching and mentoring undergraduates. Our upper-level seminars frequently consist of fewer than a dozen students and majors receive a lot of attention. Some pursue Honors in Philosophy and write an honors thesis. Others pursue philosophy as a second major to make them more well-rounded and competitive for professional school.

The UAB Philosophy program has been ranked as one of the best in the nation for undergraduates. It has a distinguished history — its founding chair was later named president of Wake Forest University (Thomas K. Hearn) while its second chair authored one of the most used texts in ethics courses across America (James Rachels, The Elements of Moral Philosophy).

The department is especially strong in three areas:
  • Applied Ethics, especially Bioethics
  • Pre-Law (Rule of Law, Philosophy of Law, Practical Reasoning)
  • Philosophy of Science/Epistemology/Metaphysics

Philosophy majors are different in great ways: they prize thinking for themselves, knowing good arguments from bad ones, thinking in creative ways, and trying to understand particular issues in a larger context. A few philosophy majors pursue graduate school in philosophy, but many more pursue careers in law and medicine. Even more forge their own path in founding businesses, exploring the world, and pausing to figure out what makes life worthwhile.

For questions about majoring or minoring in Philosophy, or information on interesting Philosophy courses, please email Gregory Pence, Chair.