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Undergraduate Advising

Steven Brence, Director of Undergraduate Studies, serves as the official advisor for all philosophy majors and minors. Normally, one or two graduate students in philosophy assist the Undergraduate Studies Director.  The advising assistants for the academic year 2019-2020 will be Mary McLevey and Shunji Ukai.

Students should plan to meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies when first declaring their major or minor in philosophy. They should also plan to meet with an advisor at least once each year to discuss their academic interests, progress, and plans. To avoid delays in graduating, students are expected to meet with an advisor during the spring before they begin their senior year (or at least three terms prior to their expected graduation).

In addition to advising students on program requirements and current course offerings, the Director of Undergraduate Studies also advises students concerning transfer credits in philosophy, philosophy credit for courses taken during study abroad, and preparation for graduate study in philosophy.

Students interested in the ethics minor should email the ethics minor director, Colin Koopman (, to schedule a meeting, or meet with one of our advising assistants (advising hours are listed below). More information about ethics minor requirements is available here:

Students interested in combining philosophy with pre-law study may meet with Colin Koopman who serves as the department’s pre-law advisor.

Winter 2020 Advising Hours
(January 6-March 13):

Steven Brence
Mondays 3:00-4:50pm and by appointment
in room 250D Susan Campbell Hall
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Mary McLevey
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00-2:50pm
in room 336 Susan Campbell Hall
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Shunji Ukai
Thursdays 10:00-11:50am and
Fridays 4:00-5:50pm
in room 11 Susan Campbell Hall
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For more information, contact…..

Steven Brence, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Philosophy
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1295
(541) 346-5544 :FAX

If you are unable to contact Dr. Brence, please contact the Philosophy Department main office:
(541) 346-5547 or


Tykeson College and Career Advising

The Tykeson College and Career Advising in Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall is UO’s new advising center, located on 13th Avenue, between Johnson and Chapman Halls. At Tykeson Hall, you can work with professional College and Career Advisors who can help you explore your interests, schedule your classes, plan for graduation, discuss career interests, and more.

You can schedule appointments with our Tykeson College and Career Advising team via the EAB Navigate app available in the App Store or Google Play. Please visit the Office of Academic Advising’s website for information about appointments and hours of operation.

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