Philosophy FAQs

Prospective Students

  • I am considering attending Wright State and have questions about the courses and programs offered by the Philosophy Department. Who can I talk to?

    The Department Chair, Dr. Ava Chamberlain, is a good place to start. Philosophy Department faculty who specialize in particular subjects, may also be helpful.

  • I am considering applying to Wright State. Can I attend a Philosophy class to see what they are like?

    Yes! Contact Dr. Ava Chamberlain, the Department Chair, to arrange for a visit.

  • I am a current Wright State student and have a question about a specific course offered by the Philosophy Department. Where can I get more information?
    • Check the course descriptions in the University Catalog.
    • Check the list of Current course offerings for more detailed information on courses being taught in a given semester.
    • Send an email to the professor who teaches the class.
  • I am a current Wright State student and have questions about the degrees offered by the Philosophy Department. Who can I talk to?

    The Department Chair, Dr. Ava Chamberlain, is a good place to start. Philosophy Department faculty who specialize in particular subjects, may also be helpful.

Prospective Majors/Minors

Current Majors/Minors

  • Why do I need advising? Can’t I figure out everything with a degree audit report?

    A degree audit report is an important tool. It tells you what you need to take, but it cannot substitute for advising.

    Regular advising:

    •  Ensures steady progress toward graduation.
    •  Helps you understand what courses you should take and the order in which you should take them.
    •  Ensures that you complete your Major/Minor on time and that you are not missing any requirements when you are ready for graduation.
  • What is the difference between CoLA advising and faculty advising?

    The staff of the CoLA Advising Office advises students about their overall program of study, including GE requirements, CoLA requirements, and Philosophy Department requirements. Faculty advisors advise students about Philosophy Major/Minor requirements and particular class offerings. They also provide guidance about a student’s overall program of study.

  • How often should I meet with a CoLA advisor?
    • When you first declare your major and so become a student in the College of Liberal Arts. In this meeting the CoLA advisor will make an overall assessment of the courses you need to take to make steady progress  toward graduation.
    • When you are nearing completion of your degree. In this meeting the CoLA advisor can review your DARS report to ensure that you have met all graduation requirements.
  • When should I meet with my faculty advisor?
    • When you first declare your Major. Your faculty advisor can explain to you the courses you need to take to complete the major, and how to organize your program of study.
    • Once a semester, during registration period. Your advisor can provide information about particular course offerings, and ensure that you are taking the requirements that you need.
    • When you are ready to graduate. Your faculty advisor can review your record to ensure that you have met all Philosophy Department  requirements.
  • Who is my faculty advisor?

    All Philosophy Majors are assigned a faculty advisor in the email sent out when they declare their majors. Your faculty advisor is also listed on your DARS report. All Philosophy Minors are advised by the Department Chair, Dr. Ava Chamberlain. All History and Philosophy of Science Minors are advised by Dr. Erik Banks. The Department Administrative Specialist, Siobhan Semmett, can also tell you who your assigned faculty advisor is.

  • How do I make an appointment with my advisor?

    All Department faculty hold open office hours every week. You may meet with your advisor during these times. To meet with your advisor outside regular office hours, you should set up an appointment by emailing or calling the faculty member. Visit the People page of our site for contact information about Philosophy Department faculty.

  • Can I do advising over email?

    Email is good for setting up appointments with you faculty advisor. Email is good for brief, focused questions that can be answered quickly. More comprehensive advising should be done in person. Do not expect  your faculty advisor to engage in long, detailed email conversations.

  • How and when do I apply for graduation?

    You apply for graduation through RaiderConnect.

    You should apply for graduation several months prior to your intended date of graduation. Application deadlines are announced on the University Calendar and on RaiderConnect.

    You will need to meet with the Department Chair or your faculty advisor for a graduation check as part of the application process.

  • What can I do with a Philosophy Major?

    View Career Opportunities for Philosophy Majors.

    Read about what some of our alumni are doing.