Undergraduate Program

The Department offers a varied and challenging undergraduate curriculum that allows students to acquire a solid general education in philosophy or to concentrate in more specialized areas. Studying philosophy provides good preparation for some popular careers. Recent data show that philosophy majors do very well on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), for example, outscoring majors in chemistry and biology, as well as English, psychology, political science, and economics. We don't find this surprising, since studying philosophy develops capacities to analyze complex arguments and to think critically.  

More reasons to study philosophy!

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Rachel Singpurwalla
Room 1122A, Skinner Building

Undergraduate Advisors

Advisors:  Charles Barclay and Mike McCourt

Room 1121 Skinner Building      

Phone: 301-405-9860

They are equipped to handle all routine advising matters, including questions about minors.

Advising hours for Fall 2018 are:

  • Monday 12:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Tuesday 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Wednesday 2:00pm -  3:00pm
  • Thursday  12:00pm - 2:00pm

You may e-mail philadv@umd.edu with questions. Please include your UID number when emailing the advisors.

List of Courses by Distribution Area

The distribution of courses by areas can be found in this document.

The Philosophy Lounge

Room 1119 in the Skinner Building is a meeting place for philosophy students, undergraduate and graduate, as well as faculty and staff. Named in honor of Dr. Conrad Johnson, former Acting Chair and professor in the department, the lounge is an informal meeting place for stimulating philosophical discussions or simple relaxation.