Introduction to the Department

Philosophy, we believe, is integral to a person’s education, and certainly integral to the mission of a liberal arts college like Ohio Wesleyan University.

With a major in philosophy, you will gain a broad understanding of the history of philosophy and a deep appreciation for it as a practical discipline. By “practical philosophy,” we mean philosophy especially dedicated to questions about how to live and act, and how to understand and evaluate our own lives.

Department Features

  • Philosophy majors gain the ability to think critically, analyze, evaluate, and construct arguments.
  • Another essential skill in philosophy is writing. Majors must complete a Senior Research Seminar, in which a single paper is revised and developed through the course of a semester.
  • Our courses guide students in developing meaningful interpretations of difficult philosophical texts. Students develop abilities associated with oral communication: the ability to listen carefully to the ideas of others, to raise precise and interesting questions, and to articulate and defend complex ideas.

Available Majors

Available Minors

Department Contact Info


Phillips Hall 114
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3790

Department Contact

Chair: Dr. Scott Calef
Professor of Philosophy
Phillips Hall 114

Academic Assistant: Kandi Akers
Phillips Hall 52