About Us

Welcome to Philosophy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign! We are one of the oldest departments on campus, celebrating our 130th year in 2022. As you look through our website, you will see images from our department archives that celebrate our past, and remind us of our venerable history.

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Illinois has three core missions: 

  1. pursue scholarship across a range of key philosophical areas
  2. contribute to the education of our undergraduates by offering a wide array of stimulating courses
  3. train professional philosophers in a vibrant graduate program 

In 2021-2022, our department is home to 16 core and 10 affiliate faculty, 29 graduate students, and more than 125 undergraduate majors across two degree programs, plus more than 30 students who are minoring in Philosophy as a complement to their majors in other departments. On behalf of these faculty and students, I invite you to explore our website for more insight and information about who we are, what we do, and how you can be part of our community by studying one of the most connected and expansive fields in the liberal arts.

Here are some links to helpful information on our site to get you started:

Looking for a course to fulfill your Gen Ed requirements? We offer introductory courses that meet the Historical and Philosophical Perspectives, Advanced Composition, and Quantitative Reasoning I and II requirements. You can find a list of all our current courses, including those in Gen Ed, here.

Interested in more information about our BALAS in Philosophy degree program, or our CS (Computer Science) + Philosophy BSLAS degree program? See more information here.

Thinking about applying to our PhD in Philosophy program? Find out more here.

Hoping to get more involved in our department activities and initiatives? Check out our graduate Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) chapter, our annual Graduate Student Conference, our undergraduate Philosophy Club, and our Philosophy Colloquium speaker series.

Want to learn more about our faculty and their work? See faculty listings here and here, and some of their recent publications here.

There’s much more to see; these are just some highlights. If you have any questions after looking through our site, or would just like to talk more about how your interests might line up with what we do in Philosophy, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Kelly Ritter

Interim Head, Department of Philosophy


(217) 333-2889

Kelly Ritter