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Department of Philosophy

Preparing you to be a masterful communicator and problem solver in any career

Studying philosophy at the University of Denver enhances your life by training you to:

  • Reason cogently.
  • Formulate concepts and questions clearly.
  • Solve problems intelligently.

In the process, you can:

  • Study literature rooted in the beginnings of civilization.
  • Ask timeless questions about the nature of reality and the possibility of human knowledge.
  • Deal with issues as contemporary as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and euthanasia.

What a philosophy degree can do for you

Undergraduate philosophy majors are among the most employable, according to a 2011 Georgetown University study. At the time of the study’s publication, 92 percent of graduates who received philosophy degrees were employed. A 2013 article on agrees: philosophy emphasizes clarity of thought and produces some of the most employable graduates.

With a degree in philosophy, you'll join alumni putting problem-solving and reasoning skills to use in a variety of fields. For example:

  • Stacey Darr: Law school at Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, beginning Fall 2017. Stacey received a merit scholarship for full tuition and fees.
  • Tali Bitton: Ph.D. at George Washington University, beginning Fall 2016.
  • McKeezi Barazza: Law school at UW-Seattle, beginning Fall 2016 (also accepted to CU-Boulder and DU law schools).
  • Jasmine Carter: Ph.D. at CU-Boulder in Philosophy, beginning Fall 2015.
  • Gabe Rusk: will begin work on Master's degree at Oxford University in religious studies in fall 2015.
  • Daniel Easton: will begin work on Ph.D. at UCD in education in Fall 2015.
  • Patrick Walsh: Master's degree at Carnegie-Mellon in philosophy of math; will begin Ph.D. at CM in philosophy of math in fall 2015.
  • Jack Mao: Master's degrees at CU-Boulder in linguistics and Japanese; will begin Ph.D. at CU-B in linguistics in fall 2015.
  • Tiffany Montano: will begin work on Master's degree at UCD in public policy and social work in fall 2015.
  • Emily Martinez-Bettinger: Law school at the University of California-San Diego.
  • Brandon Fernandez-Comer: (salaried/benefitted) grant writer in North Hollywood, CA.
  • Vincent Mennella: Master's degree in humanities at the University of Chicago.
  • Tina Rulli: Ph.D. at Yale University in philosophy (2011), currently philosophy department faculty at Purdue University.
  • Jonathan Daskam: Law school at DU.
  • Philip Pauli: Master's degree in Philosophy and Social Policy at The George Washington University.
  • Bryan Hall: Ph.D. in philosophy at CU-Boulder (2005); Fulbright scholar (2003-4); Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University Southeast (since 2006).
  • Michael Mauro: Law School at DU.
  • Tara Tinnin: Law School at DU.
  • Kristen Roszel: Law School at DU.
  • Tucker Plumlee: Master's degree at Iliff (DU) in social change.
  • Christian Rockwood: Associate Director of Annual and Special Funds at the UC Davis School of Law (current); MA in Political Science, University of Washington (2005); MBA from DU's Daniels College of Business (2008).

Learn more about our areas of study:

Bachelor of arts

Master of arts


Work-study opportunities

PHIL hires many work-study students each year for various positions (administrative assistants, social media/events assistants, research assistants, instructor's aides, etc.). If you have a work-study award and are interested in working for the department, please email  for more information. Unsure if you qualify for work-study? Contact the Office of Financial Aid at  or 303-871-4020.