Students in Philosophy participate in a number of extra-curricular disciplinary activities, including the Undergraduate Philosophy Club and the journal Meteorite, edited by Michigan undergraduates. Some are also involved in the Secular Student Alliance.
The Department also supports student travel to undergraduate conferences at other institutions with contributions to the Michigan Philosophy Strategic Fund. Undergraduates are also invited to pursue study abroad programs during their studies. More information on each of these activities is available below.
The Undergraduate Philosophy Club provides a forum for students interested in philosophy to meet one another and to talk with faculty members outside a classroom setting. The club meets throughout the academic year to discuss a wide range of topics. Faculty members are sometimes invited to talk to the group. You need not be a major or minor to join. If you wish to be added to the e-mail list, find Philosophy Club in the M-Community directory and join the group.
Secular Student Alliance
The Secular Student Alliance meets to discuss nonreligious approaches to various political, ethical, and scientific topics. Guest lecturers are also invited to speak on these topics. Members do not have to be majoring or minoring in philosophy, and they can also belong to faith communities. For information on upcoming events, please visit the club's Facebook page.
Phi Sigma Tau
Phi Sigma Tau is an international honor society which serves to award distinction to students having high scholarship and personal interest in philosophy, to promote student interest in research and advanced study in this field; to provide opportunities for the publication of student research papers of merit; to encourage a professional spirit and friendship among those who have displayed marked ability in this field; to popularize interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public. Contact the Philosophy Department if you are interested in Phi Sigma Tau activities at Michigan or wish an application.
Meteorite is a journal of philosophy edited by undergraduates at the University of Michigan, providing an important student voice within the academy. Meteorite has an irregular publication schedule; since Fall 1998, five issues have been published (the most recent edition is from Spring 2019). Print copies are available in Tanner Philosophy Library and the University Libraries. Read the Meteorite online.
The Department encourages undergraduates to participate in the philosophical community outside the University of Michigan. To support this endeavor, the Department helps defray the travel expenses of any undergraduate who presents an accepted paper at an undergraduate philosophy conference. To apply for travel funding, complete an on-line questionaire through M-Compass (Log in required). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
If you are interested in study abroad opportunities in Philosophy, plan early and talk with your advisor about your interest in studying abroad. For more information regarding costs, financial aid, applications, etc. contact the Center for Global and Intercultural Study.