About Us

The main office of the philosophy department in Winningham 103 is physically closed, but the department is still open for business! 

  • For general questions, please contact us via email: Dr. Shannon Sullivan, Department Chair (ssullivan@uncc.edu).
  • For help with undergraduate advising, please contact Mrs. Shonta LeMaster, Academic Advisor (yslemase@uncc.edu), or Dr. Mark Sanders, Undergraduate Coordinator (msander2@uncc.edu). To declare a philosophy major or minor, please contact Mrs. LeMaster. All undergraduate advising in fall 2020 and spring 2021 will be done via email and Zoom/WebEx, as appropriate. 
  • For help with or information about the department's graduate program, including its early entry MA program, please contact Dr. Andrea Pitts, Graduate Program Director (apitts5@uncc.edu).
  • For help with or information about your particular philosophy classes, please contact your instructor directly via the Canvas course site (canvas.uncc.edu) or email. You can look up philosophy faculty names and email addresses here: https://philosophy.uncc.edu/directory-list/faculty

Our Department

Mission Statement

To develop and nurture philosophical inquiry for students and faculty in a humanistic environment, one that is conducive to free and open investigation of a broad array of philosophical issues, problems, methods, questions, and answers, and one that values a dynamic relationship between theory and lived experience in which each informs and transforms the other.

Interdisciplinary & Intertraditional

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 the 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.