“Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as we could wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life.”
-Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy (1912)

About Our Offerings

mckeeWelcome to philosophy at the University of Northern Colorado. Although the discipline of philosophy has the reputation for being somewhat 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.

Our department offers courses in the Liberal Arts Core that explore a variety of philosophical claims and assumptions while also cultivating general reading, writing and thinking skills that enhance general problem solving abilities. Many of our upper division courses are popular with students in other programs (Bioethics, Personal Identity, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of Art are just a few examples in this category); because of this broad appeal, most of our courses are designed to be accessible without prerequisites. We offer both a traditional major and a major with an ethics and public policy emphasis (30-33 credits), as well as a minor (18 credits). Many of our students chose to combine their study of philosophy with a second major in another discipline. There is no graduate program in philosophy at UNC.

With 3 full time faculty members, the small size of our department is our biggest strength. All of our students receive individualized attention and are directly involved in crafting a their own education. The content of our 200-level “Figures” and 300-level “Topics” courses are chosen in consultation with our undergraduate majors and minors each year, and an elected student representative participates in all departmental decision-making. Our senior seminar is capped at 15 students, and unscheduled sections of required courses are available to students who need them to graduate on time. We also support independent studies and internship options for both philosophy students and non-majors.


Nancy Matchett, Chair
Department of Philosophy
Campus Box 126
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639

Email: Nancy.Matchett@unco.edu
Telephone: (970) 351-1567
Fax: (970) 351-2311