Advising

Students registered in one or more philosophy courses can seek guidance from either advisors in the Philosophy Department or advisors in Arts Academic Advising, depending on their needs.

Philosophy Advising

Philosophy majors are strongly encouraged to meet with the majors advisor, ideally very soon after declaring the major. Anyone considering a major in philosophy is also encouraged to meet with our majors advisor.

Majors Advisor:
Paul Bartha
paul.bartha@ubc.ca
Buchanan E 366

Honours Advisor:
Scott Anderson
scott.anderson@ubc.ca
604-822-4769
Buchanan E 373

Transfer Credit Officer and Awards Coordinator:
Dave Gilbert
dave.gilbert@ubc.ca
604-822-2511
Buchanan E 360

Cognitive Systems
Chris Mole
chris.mole@ubc.ca
Buchanan E 369

History and the Philosophy of Science
Margaret Schabas
margaret.schabas@ubc.ca
Buchanan E 358

Philosophy and Economics
Margaret Schabas
margaret.schabas@ubc.ca
Buchanan E 358

Philosophy and Political Science
John Beatty
john.beatty@ubc.ca
Buchanan E 173

Arts Academic Advising

Arts Academic Advising supports the academic success of the Faculty’s undergraduate students.

From the point of admission, Advising provides programs and services to help you make informed and thoughtful decisions about your academic path throughout your degree program.

Arts Academic advising can help with concerns regarding your B.A. degree, course changes, withdrawals, academic concessions and letters of permission for study elsewhere.

Preparing for Graduate Work in Philosophy

Students considering the possibility of graduate work in philosophy are advised to consult with the department’s Majors Advisor as early as possible in their final year of undergraduate studies.

The courses required for the philosophy major and honours programs are good preparation for graduate school. Additionally, we encourage our students to take the following courses:

  • A 300- and 400-level course in value theory (ethics, social and political philosophy, or philosophy of art)
  • A 300- and 400-level course in metaphysics, epistemology or philosophy of science
  • A minimum of two additional 300- and 400-level courses in any of the above or related areas

Typically, philosophy graduate programs require a sample of philosophical writing. Students should take care to write a suitable paper, perhaps in conjunction with the Honours Colloquium or another fourth-year course.

Additionally, applicants should have a minimum average of 76% and graduate with upper-second-class standing or higher.