Explore the most fundamental questions in life with clarity, precision, and logical rigor. 

As a philosophy student, you’ll investigate questions concerning the human condition that have been debated since the beginning of civilization, as well as philosophical issues arising in our high-tech, globally interconnected world.

Take courses in traditional branches of philosophy such as ethics, epistemology, the mind, and metaphysics. Learn about more recently developed areas or study philosophy in an interdisciplinary context in classes like Philosophy of Biology and Freedom, Markets and Well-Being.

Philosophic training is an asset to your career and enriches your personal life. You’ll learn to formulate precise and concise arguments; to identify fallacious reasoning; to understand and evaluate your own and others’ views and arguments; and to communicate successfully when you speak and write.

  • Office hours with Professor Julie Tannenbaum
    Office hours with Professor Julie Tannenbaum
  • Jesus Munoz comments during senior seminar
    Jesus Munoz comments during senior seminar
  • Students in the Social and Political Philosophy class taught by Prof. Michael Green
    Members of the Social and Political Philosophy class with Professor Michael Green
  • In class with Professor Laura Perini
    In class with Professor Laura Perini
  • A group hike with Women and Philosophy
    A hike with our Women and Philosophy group

What You'll Study

  • Courses in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, and history of philosophy
  • Courses in value theory, such as ethics, political philosophy, or philosophy of law
  • A course in logic
  • An advanced seminar and electives on specific philosophers and current issues
  • Senior literature review and optional thesis
Choose from 44 philosophy courses.

Learning at Pomona

  • Kenton Freemuth ‘15
    The Paradox of Tragedy: Kenton Freemuth ‘15

    Why do we choose to engage painful art forms—such as tragedy—depicting scenes and content we would usually avoid in real life?

  • Obama speaking. Creative Commons, José Luís Agapito, Flickr
    An Exploration of Personal Identity: Michael Someck ‘15

    What do we mean when we say that the person we call “Barack Obama” today is the same person we called “Barack Obama” yesterday? 

  • Jennifer Kim '17
    Being and Time as “Being and World”: A Project to Make Heidegger Turn in His Grave

    Jennifer Kim ’17 discusses the possible value of developing Heidegger’s notion of ‘world’ (alongside his emphasis on time), supporting his holistic project of Dasein’s being-in-the-world.

Malcom Yearly
Malcolm Yeary '21

Throughout my time in philosophy at Pomona, I have found myself endlessly grateful that I have undergone philosophical training with professors as distinguished and supportive as those in Pomona’s department.

Faculty & Teaching

Each philosophy professor in our department is an expert in a specific area of philosophy with research interests that include European thought, political philosophy, ancient philosophy, philosophy of mind, ethics, as well as science and values.

Professor Laura Perini

What is the basis of morality? What is the difference between knowledge and mere opinion? Philosophy addresses fundamental questions about the human condition. They might seem very abstract, but what makes philosophy difficult also, surprisingly, makes it practical: Making headway on such questions requires skills that are widely applicable, including evaluating arguments with clarity and precision, and recognizing and challenging assumptions—most importantly, your own.