Education is not just confined to the classroom, and our students have created a thriving community that fosters intellectual and social development on campus. Take a look at the clubs and societies our students have formed, learn about their achievements, and read their insights on the value of a philosophy major.

The following content is from the national offices of Phi Sigma Tau. For additional information on joining Pacific's chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, please contact department chair Lou Matz.

Undergraduate students
Undergraduate students are eligible for active membership if they have completed three semesters or five quarters of the college course, rank in the upper 35% of their class, and have completed at least two semester courses or three quarter courses in philosophy with an average grade of over the second highest grade of the working scale.

Graduate students
Graduate students are eligible if they meet the requirements established for undergraduates, or if they have completed at least one-third of the residence requirements of the master's degree with a grade average of at least half on the highest grade of the working scale and half in the second highest grade.

All Students
In addition to the special requirements for both graduate and undergraduate students above, note that Phi Sigma Tau operates under the umbrella of the Association of College Honor Societies and is a member in good standing of that Association. The Association of College Honor Societies requires that Phi Sigma Tau grant student membership only through a local chapter of our organization and not through the National Office. Consequently, students are eligible for membership in Phi Sigma Tau only if their school has a local chapter and upon the recommendation of the chapter adviser.

Think Tank is a student-run club for philosophy majors, minors and anyone else who has an interest in talking about philosophy. Membership is free. There is a Think Tank event almost every week during the academic year.

Previous activities have included:

  • A weekly informal discussion at Java Aroma. Some of the many topics were:
    • Where does morality come from?
    • What is art?
    • Is the mind in the brain?
    • Does God exist?
  • A viewing of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" at the Pacific Theater, followed by a discussion led by Professor Rennard
  • The Philosopher Dinner in the Redwood Room, featuring food from Papapavlo's Mediterranean Bistro
  • A two-day trip by students to the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association in San Francisco
  • An end-of-the-year barbeque at the department chair's home
Outstanding Student
Armando Borrego

Armando Borrego is studying philosophy with the goal of becoming a writer or teacher. In the summer of 2019, he received a Fulbright scholarship to study film and media at the University of Birmingham in England.