Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3-5 years
Credit Hours:

42 (with master's) or 72 (with bachelor's)
Explore the impact of human behavior on the physical world and research new methods to inform public policy and economic development.
When you pursue a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a concentration in Human Geography at the University of North Texas, you'll join an internationally recognized program that is known for its focus on environmental ethics and philosophy.Our world-renowned doctoral program offers specializations in ethics and philosophy. Faculty have expertise in philosophy and public policy, philosophy in science and technology, and religion and ecology. We encourage both traditional scholarship and more practical, engaged and collaborative approaches in philosophy, as well as interdisciplinarity and work that addresses public concerns.We house several research centers, manage various research programs and publish the field's leading philosophy journal, Environmental Ethics.

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Why Earn a Human Geography Philosophy Ph.D.?

UNT's Pholosphy PhD Program offers a world-class educational experience and foundational training in environmental philosophy, the history of Western philosophy, philosophy of science and technology and related fields. The program is designed to prepare students for careers both within academia and in non-academic sectors.

The Department of Philosophy and Religion is a diverse community of international faculty, students, and staff whose commitment to philosophizing the most pressing scientific, political and social issues of our day takes us to the edge of current research practices while keeping us firmly in touch with the perennial processes of philosophy.

You'll study with nationally and internationally recognized professors and researchers. Our program was founded by emeritus professors Eugene C. Hargrove and Pete A.Y. Gunter. Our faculty members work in the field as well as the classroom, teaching courses in:

  • Eco-feminism
  • Eco-phenomenology
  • Environmental aesthetics
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental justice
  • Hinduism and Jainism
  • Land ethics
  • Philosophy of animals
  • Philosophy of biocultural conservation
  • Philosophy of ecology
  • Philosophy of food
  • Philosophy of science and technology
  • Philosophy of water
  • Religion and ecology
Marketable Skills
  • Formal deductive and inductive methods
  • Ability to write a book-length manuscript
  • Pedagogical practices
  • Knowledge of ethical theory
  • Ability to translate theory to practice

Human Geography Philosophy Ph.D. Highlights

We are home to the first journal in the field, Environmental Ethics (founded 1979) and the Center for Environmental Philosophy.
We are also home to the world's first field station in environmental philosophy, science, and policy at Cape Horn, Chile.
UNT Philosophy has the country's only research group on the philosophy of impact.
We pursue a number of research projects, including the Philosophy of Water Project, The Philosophy of Food Project, and the Philosophy for Children Project.
UNT welcomes leaders of local non-governmental organizations in these regions to communicative engagements to share their strategies for empowering villagers toward self-reliance, discussing challenges they face, and contributing their insights with specialists working in anthropology and environmental philosophy.
The Philosophy and Religion Graduate Student Association (PRGSA) is a student organization for graduate students studying Philosophy and Religion at UNT. that fosters and strengthen community among philosophy graduate students, present a shared graduate student voice to the faculty and creates dialogue between the faculty and graduate students.

What Can You Do With a Human Geography Philosophy Ph.D.?

Our Ph.D. program is flexible, research-intensive, and student-driven. Students come to the program from a variety of backgrounds and are mentored by outstanding scholars in geographical science, human geography, and geographical computational science. They are prepared for careers in academia, government, the private sector, or non-profit organizations, based on the expertise they develop in a specific field of research.

Human Geography Philosophy Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Environmental Ethics, Science and Public Policy (3 hrs)
Investigates the policy turn in environmental philosophy, exploring ways to make environmental ethics and environmental philosophy more relevant to scientists and engineers, decision-makers, public agencies, and stakeholders groups.
Religion and Ecology (3 hrs)
Exploration of resources for environmental philosophy and philosophy of ecology in world religions, focusing on South and East Asian traditions.
Foundations of Geographic Thought (3 hrs)
Explores epistemological developments in the discipline of geography, including the origins, development and diffusion of predominant ideas that form the foundation of geography. Provides a grounding in contemporary geographic thought, focusing on diverse ways that geographers go about explaining, interpreting and understanding the world (i.e., epistemologies).
Location Intelligence: Advanced Business GIS Concepts and Applications (3 hrs)
Survey of the geographic concepts and applications that support business decision-making. Examines the context for application of geographic methodologies and explores the analytical techniques that relate to the needs of businesses operating across the global economy.
Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods (3 hrs)
Focuses on ethnographic and qualitative methods and the development of the skills necessary for the practice of anthropology. Special emphasis is given to qualitative techniques of data collection and analysis, grant writing, the use of computers to analyze qualitative data and ethical problems in conducting qualitative research.
Environmental Ethics (3 hrs)
Examines the philosophical origins of environmental philosophy and the basic positions in the field of environmental ethics. Key authors in environmental philosophy are surveyed, as well as topical considerations with an emphasis on theories of environmental value, legal and moral rights for nature, animal liberation, and Western philosophical and religious traditions.

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