Mar 05, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog


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Chair: David L. Hildebrand
Program Assistant: John Brogan
Office: Plaza Building, M108
Telephone: 303-315-7223



David L. Hildebrand, PhD, University of Texas, Austin
Robert Metcalf, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Candice Shelby, PhD, Rice University
Mark Tanzer, PhD, Stony Brook University

Associate Professors:
Sarah Tyson, PhD, Vanderbilt University
Gabriel Zamosc-Regueros, PhD, University of Michigan

Assistant Professors:
Boram Jeong, PhD, Duquesne University

Clinical Teaching Track:
Jeffery Golub, PhD, The New School for Social Research

Senior Instructors:
Brian Lisle, PhD, Loyola University of Chicago
Daryl Mehring, PhD, University of Colorado
Samuel F. Walker, PhD, University of Colorado


The philosophy program offers a rigorous liberal arts education. It trains students to speak and write carefully, think and reason critically, and to seek out creative connections between ideas of all kinds. Philosophy is an excellent undergraduate preparation for almost any professional field. Philosophical inquiries can cover a wide range of subject matters including ethics and politics, art and literature, history and religion, technology and the sciences. The benefits of a philosophy degree last a lifetime, setting students on a path toward self-development, intellectual sophistication, and the enrichment that comes from living a more a reflective life.

Undergraduate Information

Click here  to learn about the requirements for the Major in Philosophy.

Click here  to learn about the requirements for the Minor in Philosophy.

Click here  to learn about the requirements for the Minor in Ethics.

Click here  to learn about the requirements for the Minor in Philosophy of Science.

Click here  to learn about the requirements for the 4+1 BA to MA program.


Requirements for honors are the following:

A. Course Performance 
    1. Cum laude 3.4 GPA within the major 3.3 overall GPA
    2. Magna cum laude 3.6 GPA within the major 3.5 overall GPA
    3. Summa cum laude 3.8 GPA within the major 3.7 overall GPA
B. Thesis  

Majors desiring to graduate with honors in philosophy must enroll in PHIL 4950 for a minimum of 3 hours and a maximum of 6 hours (note that these hours are in addition to the 36 hours required for the philosophy major) and complete research that culminates in a thesis and oral examination. Majors must work with two faculty members during the project. Written proposals must be submitted and approved by the faculty committee prior to the beginning of the project. If the completed thesis and oral exam are deemed worthy of honors, the student will be awarded the honors consistent with his or her GPA. However, to receive highest honors (summa cum laude), the faculty committee must designate the performance for both the written thesis and the oral defense as worthy of graduation with highest honors. If the faculty committee makes no such designation, students will graduate magna cum laude.


Graduate Information

Please go to the Graduate catalog to read about graduate program opportunities in philosophy through the CU Denver Masters of Humanities Program’s Philosophy and Theory Track.

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