Undergraduate 2017-2018

Philosophy B.A.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Nancy J. Matchett, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chair

Location: McKee 318

Telephone: 970.351.2572

Fax: 970.351.2311

Website: http://www.unco.edu/hss/philosophy/

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The major in philosophy is designed to provide both a solid undergraduate education in philosophy and a foundation for the further study of philosophy at the graduate level. It is an excellent major not only for students interested in philosophy itself but also for pre-professional students–especially, perhaps, for those who intend to study the law. Students may want to consider a double major because of the ways the study of philosophy can enhance one's ability to investigate fundamental issues in other fields.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • No more than 6 credits of PHIL 497 may be counted toward the major. (Not applicable to the Ethics and Public Policy Emphasis.)
  • Any course with a PHIL prefix may be counted as an elective.

In general, a required course may not be counted as an elective; however, if PHIL 495 is taken more than once, one section may be counted towards the fulfillment of the basic requirement, and the others may be counted as electives.

Program Recommendations:

In addition, the Philosophy program recommends that majors take at least two years of a foreign language—preferably French or German.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. LAC — 40 credits

2. Required Major — 30 credits

Take all of the following courses:

PHIL 260History of Ancient Philosophy


PHIL 261History of Modern Philosophy


PHIL 350Ethics


PHIL 385Epistemology


PHIL 390Metaphysics


PHIL 495Advanced Seminar


Remaining Major

Take 12 credits.

3. University-Wide Credits — 50 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 50 credits.