Major in Philosophy



Upon completing a major in Philosophy, students are well-equipped for various outcomes, such as furthering their studies in the discipline, or moving on to other career paths where they can use the critical skills they have developed, such as law. 

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.

*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.

Major Program requirements in the University Calendar 

Interested in choosing philosophy as your major?
Students declaring a major in philosophy should contact the Undergraduate Program Director , Dr. Peter Trnka ( 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