Undergraduate study in Philosophy

What can you study in Philosophy?

As part of a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy you can study historical and contemporary debate on philosophical problems and explore those problems yourself.

The study of historical traditions in philosophy provides the foundation for today's philosophical inquiry. You can study many different areas and styles of philosophy, from Plato to Buddhist philosophy.

You can study areas such as:

  • The fundamental nature of reality (metaphysics)
  • The nature and limits of knowledge (epistemology)
  • Morality (ethics)
  • What makes a good society (social and political philosophy)
  • Beauty and art (aesthetics)
  • What makes an argument a good argument (logic)

Structuring your major in Philosophy

You can take a major in Philosophy as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I.

Courses

Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a major in Philosophy. You would normally take Stage I courses in your first year, Stage II in your second and Stage III in your third.

Required courses

There are no specific requirements for the Philosophy major. 

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying Philosophy, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.