About Us


We are a pluralistic department composed of faculty members with research specializations in analytic and continental traditions. Because of this, we offer courses covering a broad range of the history of philosophy from the pre-Socratics to Quine and Levinas, as well as topic areas from metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and logic to phenomenology and semiotics. 

We stand apart from other departments offering bachelors and master's degrees because we are uniquely situated in the Borderland region of the United States, and many of our undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff are bilingual, speaking and writing in both English and Spanish.

Unlike most major R1 universities in the United States offering undergraduate and advanced degrees in Philosophy, our majors are nearly 90% Hispanic, our graduate students are about 60% Hispanic, and 40% of our full-time tenured or tenure-stream faculty are women. We are very proud of our diverse faculty and students, believing that this is what sets us apart from other universities and Philosophy departments around the nation.
 
     
     

Mission

Our mission is to bring to the El Paso region the highest quality philosophical research and teaching and to make it available through committed pedagogy, scholarly collaboration, and community outreach.

We aim to provide our students with an excellent, comprehensive, and balanced education in philosophy that provides them with the knowledge and critical skills to think expansively and carefully about, not only the perennial philosophical topics, but also the major personal and social questions of our time. In addition, as a department located on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Department has a specific purpose to promote more diversity within the profession of philosophy. The underrepresentation of Latinos and Latinas in philosophy is a serious problem, and our department is dedicated to helping address the imbalance. 

We aim to provide our colleagues with thoughtful and informed consultation and collaboration on philosophical topics relevant to their research interests. By its nature, philosophy is interdisciplinary in scope, often helping to tie disparate lines of thought together or to provide a broader theoretical context within which to conceptualize various scientific, social or artistic problems.

We aim to provide the El Paso community with access to the Department's expertise. Whether in the form of educational outreach or public commentary, the Department takes seriously the ideal of the public intellectual whose obligations run deeper than his or her own research agenda or institutional commitments.