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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.

Spring 2020 Advising Hours
(March 30-June 5):

Regular Zoom meetings will be hosted this term by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Steven Brence, to provide philosophy advising:

Fridays 10 am to Noon

Invite code:

Meeting ID: 230 070 969

Students who wish to join are encouraged to send Dr. Brence an email for the password.

Steven Brence


Spring 2020 Zoom Meetings held by Undergraduate Advising Assistants (contact GE for password):

Shunji Ukai

1) Wednesdays from 2 to 4pm.
Meeting ID: 271-710-845

2) Thursdays from 12-2pm
Meeting ID: 775-342-275


Mary McLevey

DATE: Mondays 1-3pm and Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm
Meeting ID: 767 558 1827


For more information, contact…..

Steven Brence, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Philosophy
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1295

If you are unable to contact Dr. Brence, please contact the Philosophy Department main office:


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.

Tykeson Advising Map for Philosophy Majors

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