Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

Undergraduate Advising Office

Philosophy Undergraduate Advising is:

  • the place to go to explore Philosophy as a new major or minor
  • for degree-planning for existing majors
  • to discuss post-graduation plans
  • as well as to find out about Philosophy courses and faculty.

Academic advising can also address more specific questions, such as selecting courses, problems with a class or professor, and referral to other UT services and resources. 

Make an Appointment

COVID-19 Changes: Beginning March 16, 2020, we are advising students remotely. No in-person, on-campus advising services are being offered. To schedule a remote appointment with the Philosophy advisor, please go here. Once you have scheduled a remote appointment, the advisor will reach out to you with instructions for connecting with them during your appointment time. For basic inquiries, the best way to direct your request will be to email Kevin at kpluta@austin.utexas.edu. Depending on the nature of your questions, he may ask you to schedule a remote appointment. If possible, we ask that you do not call or leave us a voicemail. While we are monitoring our voicemails remotely, it will be easier for us to answer your request expediently if you direct it to email.

Academic Advisor

Kevin Pluta
Waggener Hall (WAG) 313
512-475-9185
kpluta@austin.utexas.edu 

Declaring the Major

Philosophy is an open major. Students under 60 hours simply need to schedule an appointment with the Academic Advisor to declare. During peak times, such as registration and the first twelve class days, the Advisor may not be able to see students for new major declarations. Students over 60 hours can generally declare the Philosophy major by meeting with the Advisor, filling out an appeal form, and making a reasonable plan toward graduation. 

The Bouwsma Undergraduate Advising Center

The Bouwsma Advising Center is in WAG 313. Students can go there for advising, to meet and study with friends, or to find information about UT resources and review examples of senior honors theses.