How to Apply

The Department of Philosophy is home to ongoing dialogues and inquiries across philosophical perspectives and academic disciplines. Our program prepares students with skills needed for both fulfilling careers and the work of citizenship. Practice reflection and curiosity to combine jobs and duties with a rich personal life.

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Incoming Undergraduate Students

Dive into philosophy classes that emphasize critical reflection and ethical awareness. Practice synthetic thinking to summarize trends in research and connect seemingly disparate ideas. Hone your written and oral communication and creative problem-solving in dynamic, supportive environments.

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Current UO Students

As a philosophy student, you’ll be able to collaborate with a range of university-wide, interdisciplinary programs and research centers, including comparative literature, environmental studies, ethnic studies, and religious studies.

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Graduate Programs

Our graduate program is known for its pluralism, close mentoring relationships, and a faculty committed to teaching excellence as well as research. We cultivate supportive rather than competitive scholarship to inspire professionally active and successful graduate students.

Scholarships and Funding

Need help funding your education? Apply for undergraduate scholarships from a variety of sources, including the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Financial Aid.