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Department of Philosophy

Welcome to Philosophy at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte’s Department of Philosophy offers outstanding and competitive undergraduate and graduate programs in the study of philosophy. Our faculty engage in a broad range of research projects, and they bring their expertise into the classroom. Our primary focus is on the interdisciplinary nature of philosophy and how it applies to such subjects as science, literature, art and information technology, among others. We also focus on contemporary issues in biomedical, business, environmental and professional ethics through our Center for Professional and Applied Ethics.

The department aspires to embody an intertraditional approach to philosophy, by which we mean that we support and pursue work within and between differing philosophical traditions.  This is more than a commitment to pluralism or the retention of specialists representing analytic, continental and pragmatist traditions.  Rather, we aim to build a culture where these subdisciplinary boundaries are less important than the resources they provide for addressing concrete problems.

Why study philosophy?
Philosophy helps students develop strong skills in writing, critical thinking, reading and understanding complex texts. These skills are indispensable to any professional. The study of philosophy also provides a deeper understanding and enjoyment of the challenges and issues students face throughout their personal and professional lives. Courses in critical thinking and logic are a benefit to students in all their course work and can be especially useful to students who plan to enter graduate school, law school, and various other professional fields. For more information about why it is important to study philosophy, go here.

Why study Liberal Arts?

For a sustained defense of studying the liberal arts, Dr. Nicholaos Jones, a professor of philosophy at the University of Alabama, wrote the article Liberal Arts and the Advantages of Being Useless.

Philosophy Department Welcomes New Chair Fall 2014!

We are pleased to announce Dr. Shannon Sullivan has accepted the position of Philosophy Department Chair beginning July 1st of the 2014-2015 academic year. More information about Dr. Sullivan will be posted soon!  

New GA Positions Avaliable

We have two positions for MA degree students who begin classes in Fall of 2014. The GA will pay $10,000 per year ($5,000 per semester) and is renewable for a second year. Students must be identified and nominated by May 1st and enrolled by May 15th. For more information, please contact Dr. Lisa Rasmussen, Philosophy Graduate Program Director at or 704-687-5238.

SGA Vacancies for CLAS Students

There are two vacant seats for CLAS students in the SGA for next legislative year. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Ruthie Schorr at, or President Pro Tempore, John Daley, at You may also attend the next senate meeting on Thursday, April 17 at 5pm in Student Union 200.