The Department offers a varied and challenging undergraduate curriculum that allows students to acquire a solid general education in philosophy or to concentrate in more specialized areas. Studying philosophy provides good preparation for some popular careers. Recent data show that philosophy majors do very well on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), for example, outscoring majors in chemistry and biology, as well as English, psychology, political science, and economics. We don't find this surprising, since studying philosophy develops capacities to analyze complex arguments and to think critically.  

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Rachel Singpurwalla
Room 1122A, Skinner Building

Undergraduate Advisors

Advisors:  Charles Barclay and Julius Schoenherr

Room 1121 Skinner Building      

Phone: 301-405-9860

They are equipped to handle all routine advising matters, including questions about minors.

Advising hours for Spring 2019 are:

  • Monday 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Tuesday 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Wednesday 10:00am -  12:00pm
  • Thursday  10:00am - 11:00am

You may e-mail philadv@umd.edu with questions. Please include your UID number when emailing the advisors.

The Philosophy Lounge

Room 1119 in the Skinner Building is a meeting place for philosophy students, undergraduate and graduate, as well as faculty and staff. Named in honor of Dr. Conrad Johnson, former Acting Chair and professor in the department, the lounge is an informal meeting place for stimulating philosophical discussions or simple relaxation.