Undergraduate Studies Office

nyasha borde

As the Department Coordinator, Nyasha Borde is a great resource if you have any questions about program requirements, department procedures, or events happening within the department.  Nyasha is always happy to chat, so please feel free to stop by Emerson 303 to say hello!

lidal dror

Lidal is a PhD candidate at Harvard's Philosophy Department.

As Assistant DUS, he is available to discuss any questions you might have about the concentration--what classes to take, whether to write a thesis, or just what it's like to concentrate in philosophy.

cheryl chen

Cheryl Chen received her Ph.D. in philosophy from UC Berkeley and taught at Bryn Mawr College before coming to Harvard in 2006. She works mainly in epistemology and the philosophy of mind, though she also has interests in the philosophy of religion, metaphysics, the history of philosophy, and applied ethics. Research topics include: transcendental arguments, the relation between perception and belief, first person thought, the epistemology of religious experience, and the passage of time.


bernhard nickel 2016

Bernhard has been a professor in the department since 2006. His main research interests are in the philosophy of language and linguistics. He regularly teaches the intro class PHIL 3. He’s happy to answer any questions about the philosophy concentration, pursuing philosophy as a secondary, or anything related to the undergraduate program. Email is a great way to get in touch with him.

Office hours for members of the Undergraduate Studies Office are by appointment only.

To make an appointment please use the following link.


The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies serve as concentration advisors for all philosophy concentrators. Students should speak with them about their intended course of study in the concentration; about course and tutorial selection each semester; about any problems that might arise during their studies; about whether to write a thesis and how to prepare to do so; and about plans and preparation for post-graduation life.

Study Cards

Concentrators' study cards, drop/add petitions and the like must be signed by either the DUS, Associate DUS, or the Assistant DUS.

Advisement and Office Hours

In addition to the  DUS, Associate DUS, and Assistant DUS, concentrators may contact the MBB Advisor or the Philosophy Department Coordinator with questions and concerns.

Office hours for members of the Undergraduate Study Office are by appointment only.

To make an appointment please use the following link.

Director of Undergraduate Studies

The  DUS is responsible for all "official" matters connected with the concentration, as well as advising students.

Associate and Assistant Directors of Undergraduate Studies

The Associate DUS, and Assistant DUS are available to advise students on shaping their program, on course and tutorial selection, and on how to approach their studies.

MBB Advisor

The MBB Advisor is responsible for matters concerning the Mind/Brain/Behavior Philosophy Track.

Department Coordinator

The Department Coordinator works in the Tutorial Office (Emerson 303) and is one of the the best sources for information about the concentration.