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14.15 Philosophy

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14.15.1 Department of Philosophy Description

Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as knowledge, truth, beauty, law, justice, mind, language, and the right and the good, using a critical, generally systematic approach relying on reasoned argument. Philosophy is one of the most influential of all areas of study, providing the frameworks in which one thinks and acts. Allowing one to make sense of oneself and one's surroundings, Philosophy teaches not what to think but how to think. The study of philosophy develops intellectual abilities. Beyond the knowledge and skills required for any particular profession, a good philosophical education enhances the capacity to participate responsibly and intelligently in public life.

The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department of Philosophy:

  1. Major in Philosophy

  2. Minor in Philosophy

  3. Honours in Philosophy

  4. Major in Medieval Studies

  5. Minor in Medieval Studies

Normally, 6 credit hours in Philosophy courses at the 1000 or 2000-level or a combination thereof, or permission from the Department, are prerequisites for Philosophy courses at the 3000-level and above. Normally, 6 credit hours in Philosophy courses at the 3000-level, or permission from the Department, are prerequisites for Philosophy courses at the 4000-level.

Philosophy course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences section under Course Descriptions, Philosophy and are designated by PHIL.

14.15.2 Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts requires the successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. A student must meet the requirements for a departmental Major, Minor, or Honours program and also meet the Program Regulations – General and Honours Degrees for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. A student is therefore advised to consult with the Admission to the Bachelor of Arts General Degree Programs regulations, the Program Regulations - General and Honours Degrees which also includes the Bachelor of Arts General Degree Components, The Major Program, and The Minor Program regulations. Information regarding honours programs is available at Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Regulations as well as under each department’s regulations.

A student is strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to discuss available programs and requirements in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences including the Core Requirements, The Major Program, The Minor Program, and the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Regulations. A student is advised to declare a program of study, including a Major and a Minor, before completing the first 45 credit hours of study. Information about declaring a Major and Minor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and a list of advisors is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

14.15.3 Major in Philosophy

In addition to meeting the requirements listed under Program Regulations - General and Honours Degrees, to complete a B.A. with a Major in Philosophy, students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in Philosophy courses as follows:

  1. 3 credit hours in Philosophy 2010 or 2020;

  2. 3 credit hours in Philosophy 2030;

  3. 3 credit hours in Philosophy 2040 or 2050 (or the former 3400);

  4. 6 credit hours in Philosophy 2201, 2205, or 2215;

  5. 9 credit hours at the 3000-level;

  6. 6 credit hours at the 4000-level; and,

  7. 6 additional credit hours at any level. Normally these will include 3 credit hours at the 1000-level.

14.15.4 Minor in Philosophy

In addition to meeting the requirements listed under Program Regulations - General and Honours Degrees, to complete a B.A. with a Minor in Philosophy, students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in Philosophy courses as follows:

  1. 3 credit hours in Philosophy 2010 or 2020;

  2. 3 credit hours in Philosophy 2201, 2205, or 2215;

  3. 9 credit hours at the 3000-level;

  4. 3 credit hours at the 4000-level; and,

  5. 6 additional credit hours at any level. Normally these will include 3 credit hours at the 1000-level.

14.15.5 Honours in Philosophy

An Honours degree provides students with a more in-depth education in the discipline of Philosophy and additional research and writing skills. An Honours degree may be required for admission to a graduate program and is useful preparation for law and other professional fields. Students considering the Honours program are encouraged to apply before their fourth semester. Admission to the program is in accordance with UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS and the Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts.

In addition to meeting the general requirements for the degree, to complete a B.A. with Honours in Philosophy, students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours in Philosophy courses as follows:

  1. 9 credit hours in Philosophy 2010, 2020, and 2030;

  2. 3 credit hours in Philosophy 2040 or 2050 (or the former 3400);

  3. 6 credit hours in Philosophy 2201, 2205, or 2215;

  4. 24 credit hours in Philosophy at the 3000-level, including 3010 or 3020; 3230 or 3231; 3410; 3420;

  5. 12 credit hours in Philosophy at the 4000-level, including Philosophy 4998 or 4999; and,

  6. 6 additional credit hours at any level. Normally these will include 3 credit hours at the 1000-level.

14.15.6 Regulations for the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA)

In addition to completing the normal requirements for a Bachelor of Arts and one of an Honours, Major or Minor in Philosophy, students may elect to complete requirements for the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA). As part of the minimum 120 credit hours, a student may use eligible credit hours in Philosophy to jointly satisfy other requirements of the iBA degree. When selecting courses, a student is encouraged to consult with an academic advisor early in the program and to consider Table 1 Possible Course Sequencing for the First 45 credit hours of the Bachelor of Arts.

14.15.7 Previous Calendar Regulations

In accordance with UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Degree and Departmental Regulations, Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty of Science, students for a Philosophy Honours, Major, or Minor who had completed a 2000-level course or above in Philosophy prior to September 2018 will normally follow the departmental regulations in effect at that time, although subsequent regulations are available for all students.

14.15.8 Major and Minor in Medieval Studies

The Major and Minor in Medieval Studies are administered by the Department of Philosophy.

The Major in Medieval Studies and the Minor in Medieval Studies are interdisciplinary programs offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences that aim to promote the integrated study through core courses of a historical and cultural period, the Middle Ages, here defined as the period between Antiquity and the Modern Age. Such an approach, which coordinates the methods and subjects of several disciplines, mirrors the pluralistic and interreligious framework of the age. Core courses in Medieval Studies are intended to integrate the material and provide a common focus at the beginning of the programs.

Medieval Studies course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences section under Course Descriptions, Philosophy, Medieval Studies and are designated by MST.

14.15.8.1 Advising

Students must carefully plan their course selection and regularly consult with the program's designated academic advisor. Questions about the delivery of a course should be directed to the appropriate academic unit.

14.15.8.2 Declaring the Major or Minor in Medieval Studies

Students wishing to declare a Major or Minor in Medieval Studies shall consult with the program's designated academic advisor to discuss the requirements of the program. Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

14.15.8.3 Regulations for the Major in Medieval Studies
  1. A Major in Medieval Studies consists of all the general requirements of the Bachelor of Arts program, including a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses chosen from Table 1 Approved Courses in Medieval Studies as follows:

    1. 3 credit hours in Medieval Studies 1000 or the former Medieval Studies 2000;

    2. 6 credit hours in the study of the Latin language, normally Medieval Studies 1120 and 1121;

    3. 3 credit hours in one of Medieval Studies 2001 or 2002; and

    4. A further 24 credit hours in approved courses, including a minimum of 6 credit hours at the 3000-level or above, and a minimum of 6 credit hours in courses at the 4000-level;

  2. As per the Degree Regulations, General and Honours Degrees, The Major Program, Major Programs of Study, students completing a Minor in Medieval Studies must choose a single discipline Major. Credit hours in a course cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of two Major programs, of both a Major and a Minor program, or the program requirements all three of a Major, diploma and certificate.

14.15.8.4 Regulations for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Medieval Studies
  1. The Minor in Medieval Studies consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours in Medieval Studies courses as follows:

    1. Medieval Studies 1000 or the former Medieval Studies 2000;

    2. 3 credit hours in Medieval Studies 2001 or 2002;

    3. 3 credit hours in courses at the 4000-level; and

    4. an additional 15 credit hours in Medieval Studies courses. Courses at the 3000-level or above are recommended.

  2. As per the Degree Regulations, General and Honours Degrees, The Major Program, Major Programs of Study, students completing a Minor in Medieval Studies must choose a single discipline Major. Credit hours in a course cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of two Major programs, of both a Major and a Minor program, or the program requirements all three of a Major, diploma and certificate.

14.15.8.5 Course List
  1. The Medieval Studies program provides exposure to courses in various disciplines within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  2. Not all courses are necessarily offered each year.

  3. Students must be careful not to register for different designations of the same course that is crosslisted with different departments.

  4. Normal departmental prerequisites for courses are applicable.

    Table 1 Approved Courses in Medieval Studies

    1000 and 2000 Level Courses

    3000 Level Courses

    4000 Level Courses

    • English 3021
    • English 3500
    • English 3600
    • History 3780
    • History 3930
    • History 3935
    • MST 3000 or English 3002, History 3000, Religious Studies 3000
    • MST 3001 or Archaeology 3001 or Folklore 3001 or History 3020 or the former Anthropology 3589 or the former Archaeology 3589
    • MST 3003 or Religious Studies 3560
    • MST 3110 or the former MST 3004 or Philosophy 3110 or the former Philosophy 3760
    • MST 3006 or English 3006 or Gender Studies 3001 or the former Women's Studies 3001 or the former MST 3351
    • MST 3200 or Classics 3200 or the former Classics 2205
    • MST 3300 or Classics 3300 or the former Classics 2305
    • MST 3592 or Archaeology 3592 or the former Archaeology 3685
    • MST 3710-3729
14.15.8.6 Previous Calendar Regulations

In accordance with UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Degree and Departmental Regulations, Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty of Science, students for a Medieval Studies Major or Minor who had completed a 2000-level course or above in Medieval Studies prior to September 2018 will normally follow the departmental regulations in effect at that time, although subsequent regulations are available for all students.

14.15.8.7 Diploma in Humanities

The Department of Philosophy administers the Diploma in Humanities. Credit hours in Philosophy and Medieval Studies may be eligible to jointly fulfill requirements of a degree and a diploma. For further information about this program, see Diploma Programs Offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, or contact the program coordinator.