Undergraduate 2017-2018

Philosophy B.A. – Ethics and Public Policy Emphasis

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:

In a society that offers most of its students only technical training, those who wish to distinguish themselves in their chosen fields must pay special attention to questions of ethics and public policy. Many programs claim to teach students how to get where they are going. Applied philosophy teaches them to evaluate their goals—both those they set for themselves and those they set for their society. Applied philosophy is thus relevant to students' vocations in the traditional sense of the word: instead of being just the first in a series of trainings and retrainings designed to keep them abreast of recent developments in the changing job market, it provides students with a firm foundation for further learning, whatever their callings might be.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • Electives (Remaining Major Credits) may be chosen from courses with a PHIL prefix as well as courses in other disciplines. All electives must contribute to the student’s understanding of ethics or public policy and must be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.
  • In general, a required course may not be counted as an elective; however, if either PHIL 310 or PHIL 495 or both are 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. Required LAC - 40 credits

2. Required Major — 30 credits

Take all of the following courses:

PHIL 150Ethics in Theory and Practice


PHIL 260History of Ancient Philosophy


PHIL 261History of Modern Philosophy


PHIL 350Ethics


PHIL 355Social and Political Philosophy


PHIL 495Advanced Seminar


PHIL 495: Specific offerings to be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.

Take one of the following courses:

PHIL 310Topics in Ethics and Public Policy


PHIL 311Environmental Ethics


Remaining Major

Take 9 credits chosen in consultation with your faculty advisor. These may include additional subtitles of PHIL 310 or courses from other disciplines which engage with ethical & public policy issues.

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.