Philosophy


Your future in Philosophy

Are you an inquisitive person? Do you enjoy tasks that challenge the mind? Do you often have different views on events from your peers? Can you explain complex situations in simple, understandable terms? You may want to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy at the University of North Texas.

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

You'll also be prepared to enroll in any graduate program. Philosophy students consistently outscore other disciplines on LSAT and GRE exams for verbal and analytic reasoning skills.

What we offer

We have a complete program of study in the history of Western and non-Western philosophy and religion, including an emphasis on non-western religions and comparative religion. Our course work not only provides insight into the world's cultural heritage but also into every other field of study in the sciences and humanities. In addition, our department focuses specifically on questions concerning the environment, with topics like environmental ethics, environmental policy, and religion and ecology.

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.

What to expect

Our rigorous curriculum introduces you to methods of thinking about the timeless questions of truth, beauty, goodness, and justice as you encounter these central areas of philosophy:

  • Aesthetics (What is beauty?)
  • Epistemology (What do I know and how do I know it?)
  • Ethics (What should I do?)
  • Human nature (Who/what am I?)
  • Metaphysics (What is reality?)
  • Politics (What is justice?)

Because of our specialty in environmental philosophy, we also offer a variety of related courses: environmental justice, the philosophy of food, philosophy of technology, Eastern religion and the environment, among others.

Earning the degree requires completing 30 credit hours of philosophy course work in addition to the university and college requirements. For more information on degree requirements, visit our website.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

Get detailed information on recognized high school graduation programs and SAT/ACT requirements.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by the March 1 priority date and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office. Do you live out of state? For your convenience, you can apply through the Common Application.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources.