The department regularly provides up-to-date course descriptions for students and parents. These are descriptions of the courses as they have been designed by particular professors. (No cookie cutter courses in Philosophy!) The section entitled "Recently Offered" will list recent courses offered. Looking at what has recently been offered gives you a clue as to what may be taught in the course the next time it's offered, but it is important that you check with the professor directly if you wish a greater guarantee.

Still have questions? Please feel free to contact professors via email for recent versions of their syllabus. This will give you an idea of the class breadth and material to be covered. Finally, you can see the more general (official, catalog) course descriptions in the tabs below.. 

To see when a course is offered, please check the UCD Access Portal. Click "Register for Classes," then "Search." Type in "PHIL" for the keyword description.


Departmental Advising

Dr. Mark Tanzer
Plaza M108

Dr. Samuel Walker
Plaza M108
303-315-7219 or

CLAS Academic Advising Office

North Classroom 1030 (Annex across the street from the Student Commons building)
303-315-1940 or
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For Majors: Required Course Offering Patterns

The major requires 12 courses in philosophy (see the PDF for details, below). Of those 12 courses, 4 are specifically required: Ancient (3002), Modern (3022), Kant (3760/5830), and Logic (2441 or 3440). They are offered according to the following regular schedule:

Typically offered every semester (Fall and Spring):

  • Logic, Language, and Scientific Reasoning (PHIL 2441)
  • Ancient Philosophy (PHIL 3002)

Typically offered only in Fall Semesters:

  • Kant (PHIL 3760/5830)

Typically offered only in Spring Semesters:

  • Modern Philosophy (PHIL 3022)

Offered at least every 3rd Semester:

  • Symbolic Logic (PHIL 3440)

Full Philosophy Major Requirements

Note: Under the tabs with general course descriptions, you will see labels that say "Minor Requirement," "Ethics Minor," or "Major Requirement."  These labels indicate that a particular course is required for the concentration mentioned. Note that there are additional requirements for each concentration; to know what fulfills those other requirements you will need to meet with a philosophy department advisor.