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Identify pressing questions, problems and issues

Discover ideas, evidence and methods that inform these questions

Evaluate these ideas, evidence and methods

Act on the basis of these evaluations


The IDEAs in Action Curriculum officially launches in Fall 2022! This new curriculum is comprised of three pillars: First-year Foundations, Focus Capacities, and Reflection and Integration. Philosophy courses currently belong within the following Focus Capacity categories:


Aesthetic & Interpretive Analysis (FC-AESTH)

Engagement with the Human Past (FC-PAST)

Ethical & Civic Values (FC-VALUES)

Global Understanding & Engagement (FC-GLOBAL)

Natural Scientific Investigation (FC-NATSCI)

Power, Difference, & Inequality (FC-POWER)

Quantitative Reasoning (FC-QUANT)

Ways of Knowing (FC-KNOWING)

Empirical Investigation Lab (FC-LAB)


Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog* for the most
up-to-date information regarding which
PHIL courses fulfill which Focus Capacities.



*UNC’s 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog, which will include information about the new IDEAs in Action Curriculum, will be published in June 2022.