A Philosophy major provides students with a thorough grounding in the core subdisciplines of philosophy: epistemology (the theory of knowledge), metaphysics (the theory of being), logic (the theory of reason and inference), value theory (including ethics, politics and aesthetics) and the history of philosophy. It also allows plenty of flexibility to pursue your passions.


In order to be accepted into the Major in Philosophy program, students need only declare their major using the online Student Service Centre, generally prior to the start of their third year.


Students majoring in Philosophy must take at least 42 credits in philosophy, including at least 33 upper-level credits, subject to the following requirements:

  • Lower Level Requirements: PHIL 220, 230, and 240
  • PHIL 330 and 340
  • 6 credits of the following: PHIL 310, 311, 314, 315
  • 18 credits of 300/400 level courses, excluding PHIL 400 and 401
  • One 400-level philosophy research course: PHIL 491, 418, 426, 431, 432, 440, 450, 452, 455, or 469 (3 credits)

We also strongly advise any student considering a major in philosophy to take at least six credits of 100-level or non-required 200-level philosophy courses to build their foundation and develop their interest in a specific philosophical area.

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