Honours in Philosophy


A B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy provides the undergraduate student with intensive training in philosophy in a wide breadth of approaches and thinkers, appropriately preparing him or her for graduate studies in the discipline. For this reason, an honours degree in philosophy requires not only more credit hours than does the major, but also more specific course requirements to provide a sound basis in the major areas of philosophy and their history.

The full honours program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours in philosophy courses; Joint Honours requires a minimum of 45 credit hours in philosophy courses.

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.

*PLEASE NOTE: The University Calendar is the official document that outlines program requirements. Wherever there might be discrepancies between program regulations listed on a website versus the Calendar, the Calendar is the document that must be followed.

Honours Program requirements in the University Calendar

Interested in doing honours in philosophy?
Students declaring honours in philosophy should contact theUndergraduate Program Director, Dr. Peter Trnka (ptrnka@mun.ca) as soon as they have decided to pursue philosophy. In addition to answering questions about programs, the Undergraduate Liaison is available to help students with course planning throughout their programs