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Undergraduate Program


Philosophical issues addressed in undergraduate courses include both traditional and contemporary topics from areas such as:

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Metaphysics
  • Political philosophy
  • Philosophy of science

The techniques brought to bear on these issues are analytical, formal, and historical.

The undergraduate program stresses Western philosophy, ancient and modern, and gives particular emphasis to recent and contemporary Anglo-American philosophy. The department's course offerings provide excellent foundations for graduate work in law and cognitive science, as well as in philosophy itself.

Get Involved

The department hosts several Philosophy Colloquia throughout the semester that are open to all students. Once a semester advanced undergraduates students help coordinate a colloquium.

Colloquia begin at 3:30 on Friday afternoons and consist of a philosophy talk, usually given by a distinguished philosopher from outside the university, a question period, and a reception.

Students can also join the Undergraduate Philosophy Council, which meets regularly for informed discussion and refreshments. All interested students are encouraged to attend.


Contact William FitzPatrick, the undergraduate advisor at (585) 275-8107 or

Philosophy on the Web

Browsing the web is fun. A very good site for Philosophy browsing is Episteme Links* from Tom Stone, a graduate of the University of Rochester who majored in Philosophy. 

Try your hand at these Puzzles and Paradoxes.

Note: Links marked with an asterisk are not connected with the University of Rochester and open in a new window.