Senior Highlight: Kaleb Mccalden

Political Science and Philosophy Major

June 21, 2023
Catalyst Building - Downtown Spokane

In celebration of our college graduates, we reached out to our seniors for a little highlight and feedback from their time at Eastern. Congratulations on getting your degree! And welcome to the Eagle Alumni Family! Go Eags!


Kaleb Mccalden

What is your major and minor/certificate and what made you choose that major/ minor?

My majors are in philosophy and political science. My minor is in psychology. I chose to major in philosophy because I am interested in life’s biggest questions, and also because I think philosophy teaches one how to think for themselves both critically and reflectively. I chose to major in political science because it has its foundations in philosophy, and because politics plays an essential role in civil life. I chose to minor in psychology because I am fascinated with the scientific facts and questions of the human condition, and I like learning about why we do the things we do. 

What is one of your favorite memories so far in your program/at Eastern?

One of my favorite memories in my time at Eastern was presenting at the EWU Spring Symposium in 2022. I recommend participating in the symposium to all students. It’s such a great experience and provides a supportive environment that allows one to hone their presentation skills. 

What’s one class that wasn’t in your major that you’d recommend?

RCLS 301: Overview of the Craft Beer Industry.

What is your plan after graduation?

My plan after graduation is to attend graduate school for a degree in philosophy!

What was the hardest assignment you’ve had to do and how did you get through it?

The hardest assignment I’ve had to do was my culminative essay for my philosophy capstone course with Dr. Kirby. I got through it by utilizing knowledge I had gained in previous courses and by taking advantage of Professor Kirby’s guidance and mentorship.