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: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are primarily advising students remotely. To schedule a remote appointment with the Philosophy advisor, please go here. In your email confirmation, you will be provided the Zoom link to meet with the advisor.For basic inquiries, the best way to direct your request will be to email Michelle at Depending on the nature of your questions, she 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

Michelle Escalante
Waggener Hall (WAG) 313

Declaring the Major

Philosophy is an open major. Students who wish to the declare the major must meet with the advisor to review the degree requirements before declaring. During peak times, such as registration, we may close off new major declaration appointments.

Current Liberal Arts students who wish to add or change to a philosophy major can simply schedule an appointment with the advisor to do so. You can schedule a "Declare the Philosophy Major" appointment HERE.

If you are a UT student not currently enrolled in Liberal Arts, you should submit the UT Austin internal transfer application.  Once you have submitted the application, you will be required to meet with the advisor before you can declare. You can schedule a "Declare the Philosophy Major" appointment HERE once you have submitted the application. 


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.