Philosophy

  • Pair with any bachelor's degree
    • Minor

    Get Involved

    A college education is more than just taking courses. Meet new people, apply your skills and stretch beyond your comfort zone. Make your education an experience.

    • 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.
       

    Scholarships

    Institutional Scholarships

    Common Scholarships

    Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Early Action Credit

    If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

    Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

    Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit western.edu/mars.

    Neighboring States Program

    Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

    The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

    For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Presidential Promise

    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 western.edu/scholarships.

    Tuition Discount Programs

    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.

    Western Merit Scholarship

    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 western.edu/scholarships.

    Faculty & Staff

    Faculty

    Tyson Hausdoerffer, Ph.D. headshot
    Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing
    Phone: 970.943.2298
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 222B
    Anthony Miccoli, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Philosophy, Director of Philosophy Program
    Phone: 970.943.3004
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 208D
    Terry Schliesman, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Communication Arts
    Phone: 970.943.2036
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 212E
  • Pair with any bachelor's degree
    • Minor

    Philosophy students explore the history of philosophy, examine diverse worldviews and analyze the core assumptions underlying contemporary society. Philosophy as a discipline allows individuals to see the world from varied perspectives and helps provide practical, rational approaches to evaluate ideas. 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.

    The Program

    The Philosophy minor consists of six classes, immersing students in an interdisciplinary environment. The program is efficiently designed. For most upper-division courses, only one general education course in Philosophy is required, and students may choose from a variety of classes that best suit their interests. Classes feature topics on Women and Gender in Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion and Philosophy of Science (among others). The Philosophy Program also hosts “Philosophy Intersections,” a campus-wide series of lectures and discussions that highlights the philosophical foundations of the fields of study offered at Western.

    Careers & Opportunities

    Critical thinking, reasoning and writing skills learned in philosophy classes serve students throughout their lives and within any field they choose to pursue, especially careers in law, politics, science, business and information technology. The ability to analyze situations from multiple points of view aids careers in education, communication, social work, marketing, public relations and human resources.

    For students looking at graduate schools, a Philosophy minor sharpens verbal and analytical skills needed for entrance exams such as the GRE, LSAT and GMAT. Most importantly, the philosophy program prepares students for the level and type of discourse involved in graduate education.

    Learn More

    Reach out to Anthony Miccoli, Ph.D. for more information.