Advising for current and prospective Philosophy students

Undergraduate students are encouraged to reach out to both College of Liberal Arts Advisors and the department's Faculty Advisor (Director of Undergraduate Studies, listed below). Both can assist you with your academic progress in different ways.

Graduate students should consult with the department's Director of Graduate Studies (listed below), and then directly with their Graduate Faculty advisor and committee members, once identified.

Advisors in the Department of Philosophy

Jason Fisette
Jason Fisette, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
(775) 784-6848
JC 103G
David Rondel
David Rondel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies
(775) 784-1401
JC 101

College advisors

The College advisors, located in the College of Liberal Arts Student Center, are year-round professional staff members whose primary role is academic advisement. College advisors are able to assist all students with a major or minor in liberal arts programs.

A College advisor can be particularly helpful with advising for:

  • New students to the University (incoming freshmen/first-year students and new transfer students)
  • Students changing their major into the College of Liberal Arts from another College/School at the University
  • Questions regarding overall degree framework, including Silver Core Curriculum, foreign language, CLA breadth, or the minor requirements
  • Students on academic probation
  • Pre-graduation evaluations for students nearing the completion of their degree preparing to graduate
  • General advising or exploration of liberal arts majors and minors
  • When faculty advisors are not available (especially during winter or summer breaks)

First-year students generally meet with College advisors prior to their first semester at the University (at summer orientation) and throughout the first year.

Faculty advisors

Each academic department in the College of Liberal Arts has one or more faculty advisors. The faculty advisors are academic faculty members that advise specifically for their department’s major and minor programs. In addition to their roles as instructors and scholars, faculty advisors can serve as mentors to students as they progress through their degree.

It is best to consult with a faculty advisor for:

  • Questions about requirements or course substitutions in a major/minor program
  • Selecting specific major/minor classes to meet your academic or professional interests
  • Graduate and professional school planning
  • Exploring internship and career opportunities related to your program

Students are encouraged to meet with faculty advisors on a regular basis, especially after completing the first year of study.