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How to Reach the Philosophy Department

The Philosophy Department's main office is currently working remotely. We are ready to support you via email, phone, or video conferencing. If you need assistance, please call us at (303) 615-0900; the office phones are being forwarded. If you reach voicemail, please leave a message. We will be checking the voicemail every hour during business hours and responding to ASAP. You can also reach the department chair, Dr. Brian Hutchinson, via email:

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Philosophy at MSU Denver

"Have the courage to use your own understanding." – Immanuel Kant

Philosophy begins in wonder. What am I? How can I know things? What is the best life for a human being? What is justice? What is truth? Philosophy is the attempt to understand and answer questions such as these in a rigorous, critical and open-ended manner. No belief is left unquestioned. No prejudice respected. No authority bowed to. Philosophy is unlike other disciplines. It is not learning what others have discovered. It is discovering how to learn, in a genuine and personal way, to use one’s own mind to think about oneself, the world and the relation between the two. Learn more about the mission and goals of the Department of Philosophy at MSU Denver.


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"The MSU Denver Philosophy Department is exceptional. The instruction is thorough, and the professors are extremely supportive of their students’ success. Through the Philosophy Department, I’ve honed my knowledge and critical thinking skills. I’ve presented my work at conferences, and my growth as a student has been supported by the professors and the staff. I’m extremely happy with the department, and I’m glad that I chose MSU for my undergrad program."

Ericka Payne

MSU Denver Philosophy Student

Career Options

What can I do with a philosophy degree? A lot. Philosophy may not prepare you for one specific career, but it is particularly good at preparing students for the variety of jobs and careers graduates are likely to have over a lifetime. Philosophy majors do better, professionally and financially, than, for example, business, biology, marketing and political-science majors (don't believe us?). And if you are considering going on to graduate school, philosophy majors score higher than any other major on the GRE and are in the top ranks for the LSAT, GMAT and MCAT. 

Already have a major? If you want to think more deeply, more critically, from different perspectives, about the things you learn in your major, the philosophy minor is for you. A philosophy minor (only 21 credits) is a great match for majors such as biology, physics, psychology, political science, sociology and anthropology. We also offer a minor in religious studies, in case you would like to critically examine the world’s various religious traditions.

Portrait of MSU Denver Philosophy alumnus, Cody Hickman.
"Inspired by my study of John Rawls 'Justice as Fairness' in the MSU Denver’s philosophy department, I went on to complete my law degree at DU’s Sturm College of Law. Thanks to my background in philosophy, I became distinguished in statutory interpretation and legal writing. My career consists almost entirely of using the skills I honed during my philosophy studies, untying complex system-wide "knots” and helping to remove barriers to health-related services for individuals throughout Colorado."

Cody Hickman, J.D., Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

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Sponsored Programs

Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry (D-phi)

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The Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry (D-Phi) aims to enrich Denver’s intellectual and cultural life through programs designed to reframe our perspectives, challenge our assumptions, and stimulate dialogue about human thought, history, science, art and culture.


Undergraduate Women's Philosophy Conference

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The Undergraduate Women's Philosophy Conference provides a forum for the presentation of philosophical work by female-identified undergraduates and encourage community-building amongst female-identified philosophers and their male-identified allies.

Fifth Annual Undergraduate Women's Philosophy Conference

Postponed due to Covid-19

Keynote Speaker

Rima Basu

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Rima Basu is an Assistant Professor at Claremont McKenna College. Her work focuses on the question of how we ought to relate to one another, focussing on the epistemic dimensions of wrongs such as racism. She argues that when it comes to what we should believe, morality is not voiceless, rather, what we owe to each other encompasses not only words and deeds, but also beliefs. 

The purpose of the MSU Denver Undergraduate Women's Philosophy Conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of philosophical work by undergraduates who identify as female or non-binary and to encourage community building amongst philosophers who identify as female or non-binary and their allies of all genders. The conference is open to all genders and those who do not identify as female or non0binary may serve as commentators and session chairs.  



Affiliated Clubs

Philosophy Club

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The MSU Denver Philosophy Club brings together people who are interested in philosophical discourse, and organize events that increase the standing of the Metropolitan State University of Denver.


Women's Philosophy Group

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The MSU Denver Women's Philosophy Group strives to bring together and support women in philosophy and other academic areas historically dominated by male voices. All genders are welcome and encouraged to join.


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