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

philosophy honorees

Students from the Philosophy Department were recognized for academic excellence at the annual HSS Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 9th, 2017. Congratulations to Benjamin Diener, Daniel Medoff, Maria Morante, and Sofia Softas-Nall! View the full list of honorees here and check out more photos on the HSS Facebook page.

Undergraduate Women's Philosophy Conference

Congratulations to students Maria Morante and Amelia Thomas for being selected to provide commentaries at the 2nd Annual Undergraduate Women's Philosophy Conference at Metropolitan State University of Denver on April 28-30th. Professor Nancy Matchett will also be co-presenting at a conference workshop on Friday afternoon. 

UNC Philosophy student, Pheobe Adekunle-Ajayi, is featured in the UNC video series, "Higher Education at Eye Level," which highlights what it is like to be a UNC Bear. 

Watch the videos