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The meetings are the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 5:00pm in the Macdonald Room (Curry 231), Curry Building.

Faculty advisor: Dr. Elliot Goodine ([email protected])

The Roger Schwirck Award

The Roger Schwirck Award for Excellence in Philosophy is made possible by an endowment created in his memory through the generosity of Joseph Roif and the family of Roger Schwirck.

New submissions will be accepted in March 2025.


APA’s diversity institutes support students from groups underrepresented in the discipline of philosophy as they hone their philosophical interests, become part of a community, and gain insight into the graduate admissions process.

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Phi Sigma Tau is an Honor Society for Philosophers.

Our Phi Sigma Tau faculty advisor is Dr. Insa Lawler ([email protected]).

Our 2023 Inductees to the Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society for Philosophers:

Sean James Ericson
Nathaniel David Gauss
Jennifer Mason
Marley McKenna O’Connor
Bill Pribble
Sabrina Shea Scott
Dominic Dyer Stanley

UNCG offers the option to graduate with Disciplinary Honors.
Philosophy Major students who completed 40 credit hours and have a GPA of 3.30 or higher are eligible to pursue this option (incl. transfer students who completed a portion of these hours elsewhere).
Online Major students are eligible, too.

Key steps
The four key steps for graduating with Honors in Philosophy are as follows:
(i) You need to apply to UNCG’s Honors College.

(ii) You need to complete at least 9 s.h. of Honors coursework with grades of at least B (3.0). This means that you need to submit additional coursework in courses of your choosing (with the permission of your respective instructors). 6 s.h. must be Honors course work in Philosophy courses. The remaining 3 s.h. of Honors coursework may be either done in Philosophy or in another area of study.

(iii) In addition, you need to complete the Honors course HSS 490, i.e., a Senior Honors Project (3 s.h.) with a grade of at least B (3.0). In Philosophy, this would typically be a 20-30 page essay. But depending on your research topic, the Senior Honors Project could also have other formats (e.g., in the area of logic).

(iv) Last but not least, you also need to have a GPA of 3.30 or higher at graduation.

Roger Schwirck Award: Please note that Honors coursework or Senior Honors Projects in the form of essays can also be submitted for consideration for the Roger Schwirck Award for Excellence in Philosophy.

See more information on the Disciplinary Honors option.

Contact person: The Honors Liaison for Philosophy is Dr. Insa Lawler. Please get in touch with her ([email protected]) if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss your application.

Upcoming Conference

13th Annual Hoaglund Philosophy and Religion Conference

Christopher Newport University, VA
April 6, 2024

UNCG offers travel funds for undergraduates

UNCG’s URSCO Travel Fund is designed to provide students with supplemental travel support to present results of their research, scholarship and/or creative activity at professional conferences in their field: 

If funds permit, students whose papers are accepted for presentation at Philosophy conferences in the US may also receive travel assistance through the Wyatt Lee Martin Memorial Fund.

The Council on Undergraduate Research also offers the Trimmer Travel Fund Award.


Dignity (Submission: anytime)

Dignity: An Undergraduate Human Rights Journal is a student-run publication that endeavors to showcase a broad spectrum of human rights scholarship by undergraduate students within the UNC system. 

STANCE (Submission: anytime)

Duke University Journal of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (Submission: anytime)

Y Ddraig Goch: Interdisciplinary Honors Journal (UNCG)

The Philosophy Department is able to offer financial support to our students who are interested in study abroad through the Wyatt Lee Martin Memorial Fund.  This support may include airfare, accommodations, study experiences and educational excursions.

If funds permit, students whose papers are accepted for presentation at Philosophy conferences in the US may also receive travel assistance.  The grants are administered through International Programs and must be applied for following the procedures and deadlines of the IPC.

The Wyatt Lee Martin Fund was established by his parents in tribute to Lee’s passion for international travel while he earned his degree in Philosophy at UNCG. He loved to immerse himself in the cultures of the countries he visited and his family has honored his memory by endowing a fund that allows other students to do the same.

For information about the fund and study abroad opportunities, please visit the Philosophy Department in 239 Curry or the International Programs Center in 203 Foust.

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