Philosophy

Pair with any bachelor’s degree

Every aspect of our society has been influenced by philosophy. As a discipline, philosophy offers a diverse range of skills from analytical thinking to persuasive argument. Whether you aspire to be a politician or a writer, its universal application makes it an ideal background for almost any career.

Program Overview

Examine every aspect of modern society from art to government.

In the program, you’ll explore the history of philosophy, examine diverse worldviews and analyze the core assumptions underlying contemporary society. Philosophy as a discipline will allow you to see the world from varied perspectives and provide practical, rational approaches to evaluate ideas. The Philosophy minor will deepen your educational experience by providing the intellectual skills needed to understand and appreciate relationships among other fields of study. Studying philosophy will train your brain to be versatile, which will prepare you for a successful career in a variety of occupations and fields.

Teaching tomorrow’s leaders

Western’s Philosophy program examines the complex, unexamined assumptions underlying contemporary society.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
ART 424 Modern Art History, Aesthetics, Theory, and Criticism 3 View
ENG 371 Literary Theory and Criticism 3 View
ENVS 410 Environmental Ethics 3 View
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy (GT-AH3) 3 View
PHIL 200 Symbolic Logic 3 View
PHIL 201 Epistemology 3 View
PHIL 315 Eastern Philosophy 3 View
PHIL 325 Women and Gender in Philosophy 3 View
PHIL 335 Advanced Ethics 3 View
PHIL 355 Philosophy of Science 3 View
POLS 309 Political Theory I- Ancient to Early Modern 3 View
POLS 310 Political Theory II-Modern and Contemporary 3 View
SOC 380 Social Inequalities 3 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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Scholarships

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

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Get Involved

Make your education a life changing experience.

A college education is so much more than just taking classes. Expand your community and network, while gaining hands-on experience in your field.

  • Bistro Philosophy: A monthly gathering of philosophy students and faculty at a local bistro to discuss concepts taught in classes, then brainstorming and expanding upon them creatively to address “burning questions” that arise through the semester.
  • Philosophy Intersections: A series of discussions and lectures that highlights work among disciplines campus-wide, where students and faculty look at how their fields intersect and interact with Philosophy.

A deeper understanding

The Philosophy minor deepens the value of a liberal arts education itself by providing the intellectual skills needed to understand and appreciate relationships among other fields of study.

Department Chairperson

Jack Lucido, MFA

Professor of Communication Arts, Director of Film Studies, Chair of CALL Department

Administrative Assistant

Cindy Petito

Administrative Assistant II

Contact Information

970.943.2025

970.943.2028

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Taylor Hall 216
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231