The Department of Philosophy at SMU excels in both research and teaching. Our faculty members are distinguished scholars whose research is regularly published in leading journals and presses. We are particularly strong in philosophy of mind, ethics, moral psychology, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science.
The department offers a B.A. in philosophy and minors in philosophy and in ethics. Upper-level courses cover not only core areas of philosophy and important historical figures, but also specialized topics such as animal rights, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of law. Many of these courses are small and writing-intensive.