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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

UNC to host the Rocky Mountain Regional Ethics Bowl

Our Ethics Bowl team will compete against schools from Colorado and surrounding states in Gunter Hall on November 10, 2018. Winning teams proceed to the National Bowl in Baltimore, MD next March. For more information or to get involved contact Bailie.Peterson@unco.edu. Judges and other volunteers needed! 

Prof. Ramsey in 1000 words

Check out his contributions to 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology and learn about the early Confucian philosopher Mengzi in 5-10 minutes!

Prof. Matchett interviewed on Engaged Philosophy

Read about how she puts philosophy to practical use here.