Course Enrollment Policies & FAQs
Department Enrollment Policies
The Department of Philosophy utliizes waitlists for all closed courses. If a class you want is closed, without a waitlist, check to see if there are open seats in a crosslisted section. Otherwise, add yourself to the waitlist for the course. Please do not approach a professor about adding a closed class; just get on the waitlist. We do not add students to closed classes.
Each semester, a number of philosophy courses are restricted to philosophy majors. Typically, the following classes have most or all of the seats restricted to majors in the initial registration period: PHL 313, PHL 321K, PHL 323K, PHL 323M, PHL 325K, PHL 323S, and PHL 332. Other courses (such as those carrying writing flags) may be restricted at the Academic Advisor's discretion. Depending on demand, we may release seats in restricted courses during the second week of early registration. We will release all and any remaining available seats by the first class day.
Prerequisites for upper-division philosophy courses vary by course. Prerequisites are strictly enforced. For other courses, check the course schedule to review the prerequisites. Many upper-division philosophy courses have only upper-division standing as the prerequisite.
6 hours of previously completed philosophy coursework: PHL 321K, 323K, 323M, 323S, 325K, 332, 329K, 329L, and 342T.
9hrs of previously completed coursework: PHL 375M
PHL 679HA, 679HB, and 379K are honor and independent study courses; phlilosophy majors must fill out an application to enroll. Visit the Honors page for more information.
- It's past the 4th class day. How do I add a course?
The Philosophy Department will late add students only to OPEN courses with written instructor approval from the 5th class day until the 8th class day. Students MUST obtain written instructor approval. After obtaining permission students must forward the email to the Academic Advisor and include their Name, EID, course number, and unique number of the course they are requesting to add. Failure to include these details or follow the directions may delay and/or prevent adding the course.
- How can I get into a course that is closed? What do I do?
If the registration system is not allowing you to add a course that means the course is at capacity and closed. Advisors CANNOT add students to a course that is full.
If there is a waitlist- add yourself to the waitlist.
If the course is closed with no waitlist. Check back in periodically throughout the registration periods to see if the course opens back up.
- The section with the professor I want is closed. Can I add a different section with a different professor and attend the one I really want instead?
- I need this course for my minor..
Unfortunately, we do not reserve seats for any of the Philosophy related minors and certificates. However, you may email the Academic Advisor regarding your situation.
- I want to add an UD PHL course, but I don't meet the prerequisites. Can I still add the course?
No. prerequisites are strictly enforced.