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?

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    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. 

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    Our faculty emphasize collaboration, creating opportunities for students to work alongside faculty-scholars on research and projects.

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    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.


Explore philosophical interests across disciplinary boundaries through our dual-degree program.

Are you ready to learn more about philosophy at DU?

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Degree Requirements

  • 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. 

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Sarah Pessin

Sarah Pessin

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