The primary goal of the Philosophy Department is to enhance and improve the intellectual quality of education of every undergraduate student at the University of Akron by developing their critical thinking, reasoning, and evaluative skills.  These skills are necessary for success in every discipline and are of significant importance to each student's personal fulfillment and future success in any chosen occupation. 


Shashi's ClassThe Philosophy Department is a complex of offices that houses a small computer lab, lounge area, and private library for philosophy students.  The library is used for department meetings and small seminar classes, such as the one pictured here. 

Lunches are held several times a semester in the lounge area, where philosophy faculty, staff, and students bring in food and eat together in a relaxed, informal setting.  The lunches typically have a designated theme, usually philosophical, making the selection of food both fun and thought-provoking.


235 Olin Hall
The University of Akron
361 Buchtel Common
Akron, OH  44325-1903

Phone:  330-972-7094
Fax:     330-972-5505

The Philosophy Department is part of the Humanities Division of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and is located on the 2nd floor of Olin Hall in room 235.  Olin Hall is on the southeast corner of Union Street and Buchtel Avenue.  The front of the building faces Union Common; the back of the building is accessible from Buchtel Avenue.

Driving Directions:  from Route 8, turn west onto Buchtel Avenue and follow Buchtel Avenue through the traffic light at Spicer Street.  As you enter the S curve, just past Spicer Street, there is a parking lot on the left hand side of the street.  This is the parking lot directly behind Olin Hall.

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Philosophy Club meetings are usually held in the Student Union on Tuesdays, though some might be held on Wednesdays to accommodate more students.   Meetings begin at 5:00 PM and end around 6:30 PM.  For more information, you can contact the club president at UOAPhilosophyClub@gmail.com, or go to Orgsync.