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Advisors help students choose a suitable program of study and declare a major.

Once you have declared a program of study in philosophy, we recommend that you meet with your advisor at least once a year to go over your individual course selections and ensure you will meet the program requirements.

You should also communicate with an advisor about any transfer credit questions.

To support the University of Michigan's efforts to help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all meetings with our advisors will be virtual or via telephone until the university returns to regular operation.  

During the Spring and Summer terms, our advising is conducted via email. Please send your questions to One of our advisors will get back to you with information or to set up a virtual meeting.

Peer Advising

Philosophy peer advisors are philosophy majors who have volunteered to help other students enrolled in philosophy classes. The nature of this help can vary widely; it can include advice about class choices, or address questions about a difficult passage in a text or a difficult philosophical argument. This service is a supplement—not a substitute—for meetings with the department’s faculty advisers, with course instructors, and with people in the Sweetland Center for Writing. If you have a question that would be better addressed by someone else, you will be directed to the appropriate place.

Advising will be conducted via email (; please put “peer advising” in the subject, and someone will answer your question as quickly as possible. Advisors may choose to remain anonymous or identify themselves. If someone using this service has any questions about it, please contact Judith Beck at


Undergraduate students may contact the Philosophy Department at or visit 2215 Angell Hall to indicate needs in conjunction with a specific Philosophy course. The department will send an e-mail message to its graduate students to see if anyone is interested in tutoring for a fee. The department does not provide the undergraduate’s name in any such message. The names of willing graduate students are provided to undergraduates seeking tutoring services.