The love of wisdom

The study of philosophy invites students to carefully analyze and thoughtfully respond to the fundamental ideas and basic concerns present in the human experience. The goal is to examine ourselves, our culture, and our world and the persisting questions regarding human thought and action. Instruction in philosophy teaches, not what to think, but how to think. The program also develops skills in analytical and critical thinking and writing that are excellent preparation for professional and other careers.


Behavioral & Social Science Division Office

  • Email:
  • Phone: (805) 378-1445
  • Humanities & Social Science (HSS) 217

Dean: Dr. Karen Rothstein

Department Chair: Lee Ballestero (805) 553-4172

Full-time Faculty

Jerry Caplan, (805) 553-4796

Brian Herlocker, (805) 553-4823

Matthew Morgan, (805) 553-4197


Pam Kennedy-Luna, Anitra Evans, Jodi Dickey

Catalog Information

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