Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

Philosophy is the systematic and critical inquiry into thinking and the nature of existence.

Philosophy badge As a discipline, philosophy is applied to a great variety of topics, such as the nature of knowledge, the mind, and truth, determining what is moral, investigating what makes something beautiful, and inquiring after the existence of God or Ultimate Reality.

As a practice, philosophy teaches analytical and critical thinking, develops oral and written communication skills, and contributes to interdisciplinary understanding. Philosophy attempts to answer perennial questions about values, human existence, and the nature of reality. Skills developed in this inquiry help philosophy students excel in careers in law, medicine, management, education, government, writing, computer science, psychology, sociology, and ministry among many others.


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Upcoming Course Spotlight: Fall 2022

  1. PHIL 3500 - Buddhist Philosophy

    General survey of key Buddhist philosophical concepts of both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, such as dukha, nirvana, anatman and voidness. The relationship between Pali Sutta’s and the Theravada tradition will be discussed as well as the relationship between Mahayana and the Prajna Paramita Suttas. Key schools of Mahayana, such as Cittamattra and Madhyamaka will also be introduced.

    Friday: 10:50-1:30pm

    Taught by Colin Lewis

  2. PHIL 4070 - Existentialism

    Main themes of existentialist thought from its origins in Kierkegaard and Nietzsche to such 20th century figures as Jaspers, Heidegger, Sartre and Camus. Approved for LAS Humanities area requirement. 


    Wednesday: 1:40-4:20pm

    Taught by Raphael Sassower



  3. PHIL 4410 - Philosophy of Biology

    A broad examination of pertinent issues in biology, from the theory of evolution to contemporary debates concerning DNA and the human genome project. 


    Online Asynchronous

    Taught by Rex Welshon

  4. PHIL 3110 - Women and Religion

    Examines the way(s) in which women have been, and continue to be viewed in various religions through comparing sacred and other texts with actual religious practices and beliefs. This course engenders an appreciation of the tension between the ideal expectations for and the real possibilities available to women in religious traditions. 


    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:25-10:40am

    Taught by Karen deVries

A Message From the Chair

Professor Jeff Scholes

Welcome to the UCCS Department of Philosophy!

The Philosophy Department was one of the original programs on the UCCS campus. In 1966, one year after the university received the Cragmor acreage, Philosophy was established as an extension of the Boulder department’s offerings under the leadership of Resident Dean, Richard Francis. From its origins as a branch department, the UCCS Philosophy Program soon became an independent department offering the major in Philosophy.

Our Philosophy Department has an exceptionally broad range of courses taught by experts in their respective fields. Our program of study is historically-based with courses that focus on four periods in the history of philosophy including full coverage of Eastern traditions and Religious Studies.

We offer courses in all traditional areas, such as Metaphysics, Ethics, and Epistemology, and many courses on the cutting edge of their disciplines that deal with gender, class, and race. We offer an undergraduate major (30 credit hours), a minor (18 credit hours), and specialized minors in Religious Studies, Asian Studies, and Classics (for more information, see our Programs page). The department requires of each of our majors the writing of an undergraduate thesis as the capstone of their experience as a Philosophy major.

Please visit the Faculty & Staff tab at the top of this page to find more of who we are and what we do.

Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions about the Department of Philosophy.

Jeff Scholes: jscholes@uccs.edu

Head of Department