Department of Philosophy

Why study Philosophy?

Learn how to think, discuss and write about abstract ideas. Discover how philosophy contributes to disciplines as diverse as sociology and computer science. You'll develop skills that lead to success in a wide range of graduate studies, and beyond.

Why Women's Studies?

The interdisciplinary Women’s Studies program focuses on gender and sexuality as they exist independently and in relation to race, class, disability, and other important social issues. The program offers students opportunities to engage in participatory classrooms, collaborative learning, and leadership experiences.

The supportive and welcoming attitudes of the members of the Philosophy Department at the University of Calgary fostered a collaborative environment that allowed me to thrive personally and academically.

Makmiller Pedroso

PhD'12, Assistant Professor, Towson University

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Undergraduate programs


Learn to answer the big questions. What is the ultimate nature of reality? How should we construct a just society? And how can we lead good lives?

UCalgary student Nolan Hill

Undergraduate programs

Women's Studies

Are you interested in exploring concepts like ethnicity, socio-cultural systems, gender, and sexual identity? Join our diverse program and learn to navigate these ideas.

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Graduate programs

MA and PhD programs

Our department is a vibrant philosophical community. You will benefit from graduate seminars, an active visiting speakers series and regular research group meetings. Add your voice to our community.

Philosophy and Women's Studies news and announcements

New topics courses for spring and summer 2021

Explore philosophy and digital games, gender and pop culture, aesthetics and beauty, and pandemic ethics...

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Dr. Richard Zach wins a 25th anniversary prize from the Association of Symbolic Logic

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Celebrating BA Honours in Philosophy student Amanda Cha

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A model of collaborative and community-based learning

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In the media

In the News: Rebecca Sullivan, English, on Global News

Calgary University professor highlights danger of posting controversial comments online

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In the News: Rebecca Sullivan, English/Women's Studies, in The Wire

'Baby, It's Cold Outside' – But It's Heating Up on Social Media

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In the News: Rebecca Sullivan, English/Women's Studies, in CBC News Calgary

'Our histories are complicated': Famous Five fought a good but imperfect fight

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In the News: Nicole Wyatt, Philosophy, in The Conversation Canada

Trudeau’s response to the SNC-Lavalin affair shows structural misogyny in action

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