East Carolina University
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Philosophy


Department of Philosophy (Established 1963)

Announcing two philosophy awards for 2011-12:

Best Philosophy Writing Award: The Department of Philosophy will award approximately $500 (exact amount yet to be determined) for the best philosophy essay written during 2011-12 by an ECU student. Papers to be considered for this award must be nominated by an ECU Philosophy professor. A committee of ECU Philosophy Department faculty members will select the winner at the end of the academic year.

Outstanding Graduating Philosophy Major: The Department of Philosophy will award approximately $500 for the top graduating philosophy major of the 2011-12 academic year. The winner will be chosen by the faculty members of the ECU Philosophy Department at the end of the 2011 academic year, on the basis of grades, philosophical acumen, and overall contribution to the Philosophy Department. All graduating philosophy majors will be considered.


BA in Philosophy: The minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. Foundations Requriements: 42 s.h.

2. Foreign language through level 1004: 12 s.h.

3. Core: 30 s.h., choose a minimum of 12 s.h. of PHIL above 2999.

Minor and electives to complete requirements for graduation.

Double Major: to double major in philosophy with philosophy as the second major, a student must meet all requirements for a first major but instead of doing a minor, take 30 s.h. of PHIL with a minimum of 12 s.h. of PHIL above 2999. If the first major is a B.S., the student does not have to meet the foreign language requirement. Philosophy courses taken for a double major fulfill Humanities Foundations course requirements.

Philosophy Minor: the philosophy minor requries 24 s.h. credit. A minimum of 9 s.h. of the 245 s.h. must be above 2999.

Philosophy Honors Program

Thje purpose of junior-senior honors in philosophy is to encourage independent research and scholarship and to give students an opportunity to better prepare themselves for graduagte study. Under the direction of one member of the department, a student enrolled in this program (PHIL 3550, 4550) carries on studies (as based on a reading list), prepares for a comprehensive examination at the end of the junior year, and writes a thesis during the first semester of the senior year. Students who have an interest in this program should come to the department office in A-327 Brewster Buidling for details.

Office Assistants

Theresa Phillips, Administrative Assistant V
BA-329, Phone: 328-6120.


George Bailey, Associate Professor, Philosophy, and Department Chairperson
BA-330, (252) 328-6121

Gerald Beaulieu, Teaching Assistant Professor, Philosophy, BA-330, 328-5566

John Collins, Associate Professor, Philosophy, Philosophy Major and Double Major advisor, Assistant Chairperson, BA-335, 328 6112

Ken Ferguson, Associate Professor, Philosophy, BA-441, 328-6115

Nicholas Georgalis, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy, BA-324, 328-6106

Henry Jacoby, Teaching Professor, Philosophy, BA-331, 328-6108

Lee Johnson, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, Austin 325-B, 737-4305

Derek Maher, Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Austin 235, 328-5332

Richard McCarty, Associate Professor, Philosophy, BA-332, 328-1018

Calvin Mercer, Professor, Religious Studies, BC-300, 328-4310

Richard Miller, Philosophy, Associate Professor, BA-210, 328-6305

Frank Murphy, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy

Jay Newhard, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, BA-334, 328-5331

Rodney Roberts, Associate Professor, Philosophy, BA-440, 328-6113

James LeRoy Smith, Professor, Rivers West 201, 737-1866

Mike Veber, Associate Professor, Philosophy, BA-339, 328-6116

Ed Wall, Associate Professor, Philosophy, BA-333, 328-1017

Dr. Mary Nyangweso Wangila,
J. Woolard and Helen Peel Distinguished Professor
in Religious Studies, Assistant Professor,
Religious Studies, Austin 325, 737-2422

Paul Woodward, Teaching Professor, Philosophy, BA-336, 328-1016

Umit Yalcin, Associate Professor, Philosophy, BA-337, 328-1015

Interdisciplinary Programs

Religious Studies Program

The Liberal Arts

Updated 11/28.2011. To make comments or ask questions, please contact the Department Chairperson .

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