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Cultivate Wisdom

Welcome to philosophy at UNC! Although the discipline has the reputation for being abstract and technical, the word literally means “love of wisdom,” and our faculty is committed to bringing the benefits of a philosophical education to students from all walks of life.

Did you know that among college graduates with no further training beyond a bachelor’s degree, philosophy majors earn higher average salaries by mid-career than other humanities and social sciences majors except economics, and more than most technical and vocational majors as well? Don’t just take our word for it, take a look at this salary survey from the Wall Street Journal by clicking on the box below. Once you’ve opened the survey, click twice at the top of the “Mid-Career Median Salary" column to sort from high to low.

Wall Street Journal Salary Increase by Major

These numbers aren’t surprising when you consider the story behind the data. Philosophy facilitates serious reflection on your most fundamental beliefs and values, enabling you to clarify your most basic concepts and discover the reasons you have for thinking and acting in the ways you do. Whether you take a single course or complete one of our degrees, philosophy will help you understand more about who you really are, and how you can craft a meaningful and productive life in our ever changing world.

News and Announcements


New Ethics, Social & Political Philosophy Minor

This interdisciplinary minor is designed for students who wish to explore the ethical and social/political significance of their lived experience, or to complement their major area of study.


Philosophy Students Recognized


The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Philosophy Department recognized outstanding undergraduates on April 8, 2018.


I work therefore I am: Why businesses are hiring philosophers

Read from The Guardian  why companies are turning to professional thinkers to help them reflect and work through difficult decisions.

UNC Speakers at Undergraduate Women's Philosophy Conference

Students Phoebe AdekunleAjayi, Annika Holm, Flor Mendoza and Danny Medoff have all been selected to provide commentaries at the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Women's Philosophy Conference at Metropolitan State University of Denver on April 12-13th. Professors Nancy Matchett and Bailie Peterson will also be co-presenting at a conference workshop on Friday afternoon.