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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.

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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.

Learn more about our areas of study:

Bachelor of arts

Master of arts

Critical Theory 

  • Undergraduate Major Track 


DU PHILOSOPHY ALUMNI: WHere are they noW?  

  • Sophie Marsh: begins year-long legal internship doing gov't contract work, Fall 2018.
  • Brandon Arnold: begins law school at DU, Fall 2018. Brandon had offers from several other top law schools, but he chose DU.
  • Brandon Fernandez-Comer: begins Master's degree in public health at UCLA, Fall 2018. Brandon remains employed as a (salaried/benefited) grant writer in North Hollywood, CA.
  • Daniel Easton: Received Ed.D. from UC-Denver, Spring 2018. Currently working at CU- Boulder as Assoc. Director of Student Conduct in the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
  • Tal-hi Bitton: Ph.D. in philosophy at University of Oregon, beginning Fall 2018. Received M.A. in philosophy at George Washington University, Fall 2016 to Spring 2018.
  • 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.
  • McKeezi Barazza: Law school at UW-Seattle, beginning Fall 2016 (also accepted to CU-Boulder and DU law schools).
  • Jasmine Carter: Ph.D. candidate at CU-Boulder in Philosophy.
  • Gabe Rusk: Received M.A. at Oxford University in religious studies in 2016. Gabe currently works as Director of Debate at Fairmont Preparatory Academy in Anaheim, CA.
  • Patrick Walsh: Currently doctoral student at Carnegie-Mellon in philosophy, specializing in Logic, Computation and Methodology, Ph.D. expected in 2019. Received M.A. at CM in philosophy, specializing in Logic, Computation and Methodology, Summer 2015.
  • Jack Mao: Received M.A. in Japanese from CU-Boulder, 2016; received M.A. in linguistics and literature from CU-Boulder, 2016. Jack currently works in Denver at the Bridge Education Group teaching Japanese and Chinese and being the administrative assistant for the IELTS international English testing system.
  • Tiffany Montano: will begin work on Master's degree at MSUD in public policy and social work in fall 2015.
  • Emily Martinez-Bettinger: Law school at the University of California-San Diego.
  • Vincent Mennella: Master's degree in humanities at the University of Chicago.
  • Tina Rulli: Ph.D. (Yale, 2011), Currently Assistant Professor at University of California-Davis.
  • 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).

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 the Department Program Coordinator   Olesia Stockhold for more information. Unsure if you qualify for work-study? Contact the Office of Financial Aid at or 303-871-4020.