Program type:

Grad Track

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

5-6 years
Credit Hours:

Explore centuries of wisdom, learn how to apply cultural and historical context to solve complex issues, and get a jump start on your graduate education.
A Bachelor of Arts with a major in philosophy involves the study of the history of Western and non-Western philosophy and religion. Our course work will provide you not only insight into the world's cultural heritage but also into every other field of study in the sciences and humanities.The grad track lets students begin taking graduate coursework while they are finishing their undergrad so they can save money and get a jumpstart on their master's education. The Master of Arts in Philosophy at UNT offers a world-class learning experience that prepares students for both academic and non-academic careers. Graduate students study with nationally and internationally known faculty members in the fields of environmental philosophy and the philosophy of science, technology, and society.

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Why Earn Combined Philosophy Degrees?

At the undergraduate level, we provide a traditional program focused on developing a solid background in the history of philosophy, epistemology, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of science, and other subjects, but including some introductory and advanced work in environmental ethics.

Our rigorous curriculum introduces you to methods of thinking about the timeless questions of truth, beauty, goodness, and justice.

When you pursue a Master's degree in Philosophy at the University of North Texas, you'll join an internationally recognized program that is known for its focus on environmental ethics and philosophy.

The master's degree is appropriate for students wishing to develop master's-level expertise in philosophy before pursuing doctoral studies in philosophy or related fields. It also provides an excellent background for students planning careers in law, policy, environmental science, public and private sector environmental firms, and nongovernmental organizations.

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
  • Analytic reasoning
  • Professional writing
  • Problem-solving
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluation of written materials
  • Oral presentation of ideas
  • Basic structures of policy formation
  • Basic understanding of environmental ethics/law
  • Writing an extended text

Combined Philosophy Degrees Highlights

The department has also been singled our for creating the world's first Field Station in environmental philosophy, science, and policy at Cape Horn, Chile.
Our faculty members are outstanding teachers and scholars, including leading authorities on environmental ethics, philosophy of science and technology, and continental philosophy. They have written hundreds of books and articles, and many are considered international experts in their areas.
The department sponsors several scholarships to help you pursue your degree. All philosophy majors are eligible for scholarships.
Our department houses the Philosophy of Food Project. It aims to disseminate information about the philosophical investigation of food and help raise the level of public discourse about food, agriculture, animals, and eating.
The UNT Philosophy Club is a student organization that brings students and faculty together in dialogue about topics in the study of philosophy. The Philosophy Club provides a casual environment to discuss a range of issues in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, politics, and aesthetics.
The UNT Department of Philosophy and Religion is the home of the nation's leading Doctoral Program in environmental ethics/philosophy and the nation's first Master's Program in the field.

What Can You Do With Combined Philosophy Degrees?

Corporations, institutions and businesses are particularly interested in people who can think, communicate and write effectively. These are the skills you'll acquire through studying philosophy. You can find a career in:

  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Public administration
  • Public service
  • Publishing

Students pursuing academic careers in the humanities and the sciences may take the Master of Arts in Philosophy as preparation for Ph.D.-level work in philosophy and related fields.

The curriculum for the Master of Arts provides students with foundational training in the history of Western philosophy and religion, environmental philosophy, the philosophy of science and technology, and interdisciplinary experiences through a flexible program. It is also a good background for students planning careers in law, journalism, or work in the private, public, or non-governmental sectors.

Combined Philosophy Degrees Courses You Could Take

Metaphysics (3 hrs)
Examination of the ultimate nature of reality and the terms used to understand it, such as existence, substance, causality, space, time and identity. Themes include idealism, realism, naturalism and process metaphysics. Figures might include Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Locke, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Whitehead and Derrida.
Social and Political Philosophy (3 hrs)
Examines how people should live together in communities and what legitimate governing institutions best promote the ideals of freedom, justice, rights, democracy, equality and happiness. Topics include civil and human rights, social contract theory, economic justice, group identity, race and gender.
Philosophy of Science and Technology (3 hours)
A focused examination the relationship between science and technology, the role of experiment and instrumentation in scientific practice, the social construction of scientific knowledge and technical artifacts, the nature of technology in human perception and experience, and the broader social impacts of science and technology.
Environmental Philosophy (3 hrs)
Intensive analysis of new positions in environmental philosophy with special emphasis on their theoretical value as a contribution to contemporary philosophy and their practical value with regard to environmental policy and decision making.
Asian Philosophies and Religions (3 hrs)
Provides an insight into worldviews by studying the major Asian philosophies and religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Daoism, Confucianism, Shinto and Zen.
Ethics and Society (3 hrs)
Survey of basic ethical theories and exploration of such issues as abortion, euthanasia, national security and civil liberties, affirmative action, the death penalty, extramarital sex, pornography, animal rights, world hunger, and the environment.

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