Spring 2019 Course Descriptions

All students who declare a philosophy major will be assigned an academic advisor. To find out who your academic advisor is, please contact the department’s Program Assistant, John Brogan (303-315-7223). The advisor helps design a course of studies consistent with the student’s intellectual interests.

It is the student’s responsibility to contact his or her initial advisor as soon as he or she enters the program, and set up an advising appointment, which usually takes a half-hour or less time. The student should make regular contact with the advisor to ensure steady progress toward completing the degree program. If you have not yet declared a philosophy major but do have advising questions related to the philosophy program, please contact the department’s Director of Undergraduate Advising, Prof. Samuel Walker (303-315-7219).

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 (4760), and Logic (2441 or 3440). They are offered according to the following regular schedule:

Typically offered every semester:

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

Typically offered only in Fall Semesters

  • Kant (PHIL 3760/5760)

Typically offered only in Spring Semesters:

  • Modern Philosophy (PHIL 3022)

Offered at least every two years:

  • Symbolic Logic (PHIL 3440)

Full Philosophy Major requirements: Click Here

About Philosophy Major Additional Distribution Requirements* 

The following list of courses indicates which classes will typically count for the requirements not specified on the Major page. It is always best to check with the department advisor if there's any doubt or question about what will count toward the major.

5. One UD course in Social/Political Philosophy

Phil-3200 Social and Political Philosophy

Phil-3280 War and Morality

Phil-3500 Ideology and Culture: Racism and Sexism

Phil-4500 Feminist Philosophy 

Phil-4600 Philosophy of Religion

6. One UD course in Ethics

Phil-3150 History of Ethics

Phil-3250 Business Ethics

Phil-3280 War and Morality

Phil-3500 Ideology and Culture: Racism and Sexism

Phil-3550 Philosophy of Death and Dying

Phil-4150 Twentieth Century Ethics

Phil-4220 Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

Phil-4242 Bioethics

Phil-4250 Environmental Ethics

Phil-4260 Philosophy of Law

Phil-4600 Philosophy of Religion

7. One UD course in Continental Philosophy

Phil-4500 Feminist Philosophy 

Phil-4600 Philosophy of Religion

Phil-4780 Heidegger

Phil-4790 Nietzsche

Phil-4833 Existentialism

8. One UD course in either American or Analytic Philosophy

Phil-3032 Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy 

Phil-3350 Metaphysics

Phil-3360 Epistemology

Phil-4101 Classical American Philosophy: Pragmatism

Phil-4300 Philosophy of Mind

Phil-4900 John Dewey

9. One UD course with a specific focus in the history of Philosophy 

Phil-3032 Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy

Phil-3350 Metaphysics

Phil-3360 Epistemology

Phil-4101 Classical American Philosophy: Pragmatism

Phil-4735 Rationalism

Phil-4740 Empiricism

Phil-4780 Heidegger

Phil-4790 Nietzsche

Phil-4800 Plato

Phil-4810 Aristotle 

Phil-4833 Existentialism 

Phil-4900 John Dewey

*Though certain courses may satisfy different requirements, no single course may count for more than one requirement towards the Philosophy Major.  

Philosophy Degrees at Work in the World

What Do Philosophers Do? (Atlantic.com)

Philosophers who work outside of academia – Article Series:

Part 1: How and why do they end up there?

Part 2: What's it like to have a nonacademic job?

Part 3: Transferrable skills and concrete advice

Thinking of Going to Graduate School?

Look at the American Philosophical Association's Career Resources and the Guide to Graduate Programs in Philosophy for guidance on careers and graduate programs in philosophy.