Our overall goal is to offer a wide array of courses that reflects the diversity of philosophical topics, participants to these debates, and student interest in philosophy. We also want to assist our students in developing critical reading and writing skills, and to give them the opportunity to work closely with professors. Check the FAQ to the right for more information. Still have questions? Just send any faculty member an email and we will help you out.
We have capped all introductory classes at 30 students, and all intermediate classes at 25. We believe that students learn philosophy well in small groups.
We offer a great variety of exciting topical introductions to philosophy. Try out courses such as Phil 1.03 Philosophy and Economics, Phil 1.14 Knowledge, Truth, and Power, or Phil 9.08 Ethics and Information Technology. Other introductory courses (PHIL 1-9) include Phil 3 Reason and Argument and Phil 4 Philosophy and Gender.
Decimalized Course Numbers
Many philosophy courses use decimal notation. In addition to a general course such as Phil 31: Metaphysics, we also offer a wide range of topical courses under that general heading: Phil 31.05 Time, Truth, and Fate; 31.06 Free Will, Agency, and Responsibility; 31.07 The Social World, and so on. Each of these decimalized courses focuses on a different set of issues under the rubric of Metaphysics.
A Customized Major
We would like students to structure a major or minor around their interests and in consultation with our faculty. To that end, we encourage students to work closely with their major or minor advisors in the Philosophy Department to coordinate their plans of study.