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Real-World Experience

The Department of Philosophy and the university community offer undergraduate students a wide variety of opportunities to work with professors outside the classroom, obtain real world experience, and become more engaged, well-rounded members of the community. Below are just a few of the ways that students can become involved with work to enhance their understanding of topics learned in classroom study at the University:

  • Philosophy Camp
    Philosophy Camp is the affectionate nickname given by students to the courses PHIL 4326/5326—Lives Worth Living: Questions of Self, Vocation, and Community and PHIL 4350/5350—Catching Lives Worth Living: Participation in the Growth of a Living-Learning Community. Students and instructors meet daily and create a residential living-learning community experience.
     
  • UMN Philosophy Club
    Our undergraduate UMN Philosophy Club gives students a chance to interact with their peers outside the classroom in a way that benefits the University community.
     
  • Service Learning
    The Department of Philosophy's optional concentration in ethics and civic life is an opportunity for students who are interested in ethics and community service to relate their experiences in the classroom to their work in the community and vice versa.
     
  • Directed Study
    Registration for courses such as PHIL 3993 or PHIL 4993 are ways that you can pursue individual research projects for course credit.
     
  • Research Opportunities
    Students can gain valuable research experience as undergraduates by participating in hands-on philosophical research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).