Why choose Philosophy at Dal?
Dalhousie has a long tradition of philosophical excellence. Our first president taught philosophy courses here and, over the years, faculty and alumni have blazed trails locally and around the world: founding the Royal Society of Canada, starting the Dalhousie Review, even becoming president of Cornell University.
A recent external review of the department called us, "pound for pound the best in the country." We are recognized as the strongest philosophy department east of Montreal, with an active, engaged intellectual community both in and out of the classroom.
Well-respected nationally, with alumni teaching in philosophy departments across Canada, we also have strong international connections, with grads making a difference as teachers, poets, diplomats and judges around the world.
Many undergraduates have continued their philosophical studies at top graduate programs, and philosophy students consistently score extremely well on LSATs, MCATs and GREs.
But above all, philosophy helps make sense of life. Our program encourages independent thinking; makes us more thoughtful, tolerant citizens; and will prepare you for any career because philosophy is the ultimate transferable skill.
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Concentration (3 years)
- Major/Double Major (4 years)
- Honours/Combined Honours (4 years)
- Available as a second subject to BSc students
Required high school courses:
- 4 additional university preparatory courses
Recommended high school courses:
See admission requirements for more information.
Application Deadline and Program Dates
Application deadlines for 2017/18
- March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
- April 1 - International students (except USA)
- June 1 - All Canadian and American applications
Other important program dates
- TBD (June) - Registration begins for new high school students
- TBD (September) - Classes begin, fall term
- TBD (December) - Exams begin
See complete list of important dates
- The size of most first- and second-year classes are between 50-100 students.
- Third- and fourth-year classes average between 10-30 students.
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Residence & Housing
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- Meal plans
- Dorm-style traditional residences
- Apartment-style, non-traditional
- Off-campus housing