The Department of Philosophy specializes in analytic as opposed to continental European approaches to philosophy. Our faculty is large, with a wide range of philosophical interests. Students can pursue work in ancient, medieval and modern history of philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of science, and many areas in value theory including meta-ethics, normative theory, political philosophy, and practical ethics. The Center for Values and Social Policy sponsors many special events, especially in areas such as environmental ethics, science policy, feminist ethics, and bioethics. Some students take graduate certificates in related fields such as Women’s and Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Environmental Policy, and Cognitive Science.
Requires 30 hours of approved graduate study, demonstrated proficiency in the core areas of philosophy, and a successful thesis defense.
Requires 45 hours of approved graduate study. In addition to the minimum 30 hours of dissertation credit hours required by the Graduate School, demonstrated proficiency in the core areas of philosophy, a possible technical and/or foreign language requirement, depending on the dissertation topic; satisfactory completion of two qualifying papers, and a successful dissertation defense.
Minimum Standards for Applicants
The average GPA and GRE scores for those accepted into the PhD program for academic year 2008–09 were:
For PhDs who enrolled, the scores were:
Those accepted into the MA program in 2008–09 had the following scores:
All applicants to the PhD program are automatically considered for support through teaching assistantships.
University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Philosophy
Graduate Program Coordinator
Boulder, CO 80309-0232