Department Chair: Jonelle DePetro
Philosophy as a discipline has always been devoted to debate and conversation. The philosophy faculty here at EIU — which currently includes nine professors representing all of the major branches of both Western and Eastern philosophy — is devoted to continuing this fascinating conversation.
We offer a major in Philosophy as well as minors in both Philosophy and Religious Studies. We also participate in several interdisciplinary minors including Pre-Law, Criminology, Medieval Studies, Neuroscience, and Asian Studies. With a faculty-to-student ratio of about 1-to-3, philosophy majors at Eastern receive an uncommon amount of individual attention.
The department has a friendly and informal atmosphere with students and faculty regularly debating philosophical issues in the department office (which serves as our central hub), hallways, offices, during Philosophy Club, and during our weekly departmental lunches (friends of philosophy are always welcome). Please feel free to stop by!