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Tillinghast Hall
Room: 337

Department Chair
Dr. Laura McAlinden
508.531.2789
lmcalinden@bridgew.edu

Administrative Assistant
Ms. Virginia Smith
508.531.1379
vsmith@bridgew.edu

Department of Philosophy

Enabling Exploration

Skills such as critical thinking, careful analysis and thoughtful communication are foundational skills required for every profession – from politics to teaching, law, business and journalism. In the Department of Philosophy at Bridgewater State University, we rigorously prepare students for a wide range of career paths, enabling them to confidently navigate complex issues and perspectives and articulate themselves through sound, logical arguments.

Our faculty members are passionate thinkers who have published extensively. We are dedicated to helping students learn in a stimulating classroom environment. Our students explore the fundamental questions of life and the critical problems facing the world, and have the option to pursue their own research in a senior thesis. Our students complete our program well prepared to pursue graduate studies – nationwide, philosophy majors outperform business majors on the GMAT, and all other majors except math, physics and economics majors on the LSAT – or to begin successful careers in a range of professions, including journalism, teaching, law, medicine, public policy and government. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, with a range of concentrations to fit students' interests.

Dr. Justin Caouette

Dr. Justin Caouette, '08, returns to BSU where he was a first-generation college student.

Madison Forbes, '18

Madison Forbes, '18, high achieving double major in philosophy and Englishwon the Dr. Barbara Chellis Memorial Fellowship.

Ribbon cutting at opening of BSU Center for Transformative Learning

The Center connects students, faculty and administrators working within the areas of high-impact practices.