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. 

The Academic Advisor is usually available on a walk-in basis, so feel free to come by any time during office hours: 9 AM to noon, 1 to 4 PM. For current majors, walk-in hours are usually the best option.

If you wish to declare the Philosophy major, you should email the Advisor to schedule an appointment.

Academic Advisors

Susan Somers
Garrison Hall (GAR) 1.140
512-471-7670
scs@austin.utexas.edu

Rahi Dayerizadeh
Waggener Hall (WAG) 313
512-475-9185
rahi@austin.utexas.edu

Rahi Dayerizadeh is the new advisor in Philosophy! While she is undergoing training, the History Advisors in GAR 1.140 will be covering all Philosophy advising needs. Feel free to visit GAR 1.140 during their walk-in hours (9am-noon and 1-4pm, Monday through Friday).

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.