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Upcoming Events

4:30 PM Reception to follow

October 26th

Haunted Japan with Yoko Hiraoka

5:00 PM

September 22nd

“The Holocaust, Genocide, Mass Violence and American Indians”

1:00 PM

September 21st

"The Virgen de Guadalupe and the Politics of Gender"

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.

We are working on Spring 2023!

Coming this Spring 2023!

Philosophy Core

History of Ancient Philosophy (Dr. David Sullivan)

History of Modern Philosophy (Dr. Reid)

We are also offering upper division electives:

Epistemology (Dr. Tony Chu, Area 3)

Computers, Ethics, and Society  (Dr. Kate Schmidt, Area 4)

Philosophy of Law (Dr. Brian Hutchinson, Area 4)

Philosophy of Race (Dr. Elizabeth Goodnick, Area 5)

Hinduism (Area 5 or 6)

Existentialsm (Dr. David Sullivan, Area 6)

Senior Seminar ( Dr. Tony Chu)


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.

Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry

The Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry (D-Phi) aims to enrich Denver’s intellectual and cultural life via many avenues.


Department of Philosophy

Contact Us

Need help finding a course? Need an override or advising?

Call Us: 303-615-0900

Stop into the The Department of Philosophy in Central Classroom (CN) 303 or call 303-615-0900. Our Fall Hours are: 

Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00


Phone: 303-615-0900

Location: Central Building, 303

Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Philosophy
P.O. Box 173362, Campus Box 49
Denver, CO 80217

Faculty & Staff

Meet our Faculty

Department Highlights

James Reid

We are excited to announce that our faculty member, Dr. James Reid, won a grant for the preparation of a book interpreting the work of German Romantic philosophical poet Novalis, plus a one-volume selected edition of his philosophical and literary writings from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Congratulations, Dr. Reid!