Resources for Current Students

Our program introduces you to the various areas of specialization within contemporary philosophy and the major epochs of the history of Western philosophy. From Western philosophical tradition and contemporary philosophical thought to non-Western philosophical traditions, there is plenty to learn.

In the Department of Philosophy, you have many opportunities to learn both inside and outside the classroom. Looking for information about current courses to help our flexible degree program work with your second major? Want to write a senior honors thesis or collaborate with faculty on a research project? Hoping to deepen your philosophical discussions in Philosophy Club? We're here to help you develop your communication and problem-solving skills for your time at DU and your future career.

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Senior Thesis and Distinction

In order to receive distinction in philosophy, you will need to write and defend an honors thesis under the advisement of a Department of Philosophy faculty member. You'll pick a thesis advisor and begin conceptualizing and writing your senior thesis in your junior year.

If you have any questions about Honors or Distinction in Philosophy, contact Thomas Nail, PhD, the undergraduate advisor. 

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Philosophy Club

The Department of Philosophy sponsors a student-run organization we call the "Socrates Café” or “Phil Club."  Phil Club is open to all who want to engage in advanced philosophical discussion beyond the classroom, but typically members of our Phil Club are undergraduate and graduate students including, but not limited to, philosophy majors, minors, and students from other departments throughout DU. 

During the academic year, Phil Club will meet once per week to discuss and debate philosophical topics ranging from moral philosophy to logic and counterfactuals. We tend to bring in DU and external faculty to give a quick talk about a specific issue, and then take comments, arguments, questions and suggestions from the students. Our faculty have been known to say that if a professor can get through a night with the Phil Club, they can get by the most difficult panel of their peers! 

If you are interested in joining the Phil Club, please contact either Club President Luke Bartelt ( or the Phil Club mailbox ( for more information regarding meeting times, days, and location. 

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Philosophy Courses

Current quarter course offerings can be found on the Registrar's website

A full schedule of course offerings for the academic year may be picked up in the Philosophy Department in Sturm Hall, Room 257.