Our dual degree program pairs intensive study of philosophy with another, in-progress graduate degree program in a complimentary field. Many students opt for a master's in religious studies, or another approved discipline. Our approach provides you with an interdisciplinary lens on philosophical thought and methodology. Our faculty specialize in the history of Western thought, interpretive and critical theory, practical philosophy, meta-philosophy, and studies in creative and critical reasoning about human nature and values.
The program culminates in a portfolio paper and oral exam to prepare you to take your knowledge into the field. Upon graduating, students pursue doctoral study or a range of career options from math and science to civil service, law and communications that involve problem-solving and reasoning skills.
Why Study Philosophy at DU?
Our courses, grounded in historic tradition, reimagine how philosophy speaks to the most significant issues of the 21st century, including its ethics, politics, and scientific and artistic implications.
Our faculty emphasize collaboration, creating opportunities for students to work alongside faculty-scholars on research and projects.
Our dual-degree approach, and close ties with other departments at DU, lets you synthesize concepts across disciplinary boundaries in order to more deeply understand the field of philosophy.
- 45-credit hours, up to 10 of which can be reduced as part of our flexible degree programming.
- A comprehensive exam in the history of Western philosophy.
- A portfolio paper approved by a committee of three department faculty.
- An oral defense covering the comprehensive exam and portfolio paper.
See the DU Dual Degree Bulletin for full program requirements.
Philosophical Perspectives on Economics and Social Sciences
About this Course
This course provides an advanced survey of conceptual and methodological issues that lie at the intersection of philosophy, economics, and the social sciences. More specifically, the main goal is to engage in a critical discussion of how sciences such as psychology, sociology, and neuroscience can challenge and modify the foundations and methodology of economic theories. The course is structured around three broad modules. After a brief introduction, we begin by discussing the emergence of rational choice theory which constitutes the foundation of classical and neoclassical economics and present some paradoxical implications of expected utility theory. The second module focuses on the relationship between economics and psychology. More specifically, we examine the emergence of behavioral economics, the study of the social, cognitive, and emotional factors on the economic decisions of individuals and institutions and their consequences for market prices, returns, and resource allocation. Finally, the third module focuses on the implications of neuroscience on decision making. We discuss some recent developments in neuroeconomics, a field of study emerged over the last few decades which seeks to ground economic theory in the study of neural mechanisms which are expressed mathematically and make behavioral predictions.