2017-2018 General Catalog 
    Mar 22, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: College of Humanities


College of Humanities
Department Office: 402 Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building
Mailing Address: 215 Central Campus Drive, Rm 402, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9156
Phone: 801-581-8161
Website: www.philosophy.utah.edu

Department Chair: Matthew Haber, matt.haber@utah.edu, 801-581-8161
Undergraduate Director: Lex Newman,lex.newman@utah.edu, 801-581-8749
Cognitive Science Advisor: Dustin Stokes, dustin.stokes@utah.edu, 801-581-8631
Ethics and Human Values Advisor: Leslie Francis, francisl@law.utah.edu, 801-581-3489
Graduate Advisor: Eric Hutton, eric.hutton@utah.edu, 801-581-7320

The Philosophy Department offers a wide variety of courses in virtually all areas and kinds of philosophy. It takes pride in its historically strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. Virtually all of its classes are taught by regular faculty members, including many nationally and internationally known for their research and publications. Our nationally recognized graduate program offers both M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs. Recent appointments of distinguished senior faculty and outstanding junior faculty have added to its quality and depth.

The department sponsors the annual Utah Colloquium in Philosophy, which attracts leading philosophers to the campus. Recent topics have been neuroscience and moral psychology, social epistemology; partiality and impartiality in ethics; environmental ethics, science, and policy; and global justice. In addition, the departmental enrichment series brings prominent philosophers to campus throughout the year to make presentations on their current research. The department is home to the Tanner Philosophy Library.

The department is oriented primarily toward Anglo-American philosophy and the rich history from which it derives - a history dating back to ancient Greece. However, the department also offers significant opportunities for the study of continental philosophy and of the intellectual traditions of East Asia, South Asia, and other regions. The department has particular strength in ethics; moral psychology; applied ethics, especially bioethics and environmental ethics; practical reason; ancient Chinese philosophy; and philosophy of science, including philosophy of biology, philosophy of the social sciences, and cognitive science. Information on department offerings can be obtained from the department’s website, www.philosophy.utah.edu or by contacting the department.

Undergraduate Program

Please see the Philosophy B.A., H.B.A., B.S., H.B.S. and Minor listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Graduate Program

Admission Requirement

Please see the program page for additional admission requirements.

Students must have earned a bachelor’s degree with a philosophy major or have equivalent undergraduate training, and must pass the Graduate Study Qualifying Examination (GSQE) during the first semester of study as a matriculated student.

Please see the Philosophy M.A., M.S., Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Areas of Specialization

Moral Psychology
Applied Ethics
Bioethics and Environmental Ethics
Practical Reason and
Philosophy of Science

Program and Course Offerings



    Undergraduate MajorMinorMasterDoctorate


      PhilosophyPage: 1 | 2

      Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: College of Humanities