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 Advisor

Susan Somers
Waggener Hall 313

Susan has been advising at UT since 2010 and advising in the Department of Philosophy since 2013. She earned her bachelor's degree in history and philosophy from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and her master's degree in history from The University of Texas at Austin.

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.