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Undergraduate Program

All students planning to take a degree in philosophy are encouraged to talk to an undergraduate advisor, and follow the information on admission and application procedures. 
If you intend to specialize in philosophy it is recommended to take an honours degree, which is the normal preparation for graduate study in philosophy.  

Degree Options

There are a variety of undergraduate program options available for students interested in studying philosophy. You may choose to concentrate in philosophy, or you may wish to combine your philosophy studies with another subject. Program options give you the chance to choose courses that interest you. Please note that each degree has its own unique requirements, which can be viewed below.

BA with Honours in Philosophy

BA with Honours in Philosophy Checklist [147 KB]

At least ten credits in Philosophy of which at least nine and no more than eleven are beyond the 1000 level.

Select at least one credit from the following:
Philosophy (logic) half-credit: 2130.03, 2660.03, 3160.03, 3140.03, 3165.03, 3900.03

Select at least one credit from the following:
Philosophy (history) half-credit: 2350.03, 2370.03. 2610.03, 2620.03, 3110.03, 3630.03, 3635.03, 3640.03, 3650.03

At least four credits at or above the 3000 level including: a half-credit in epistemology (3051.03), a half-credit in ethics (3105.03), and at least one credit at the 4000 level.

Honours thesis.

Honours Philosophy with Emphasis on Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science is the study of intelligence and cognition in human beings and machines (computers). The goal is to come to a fuller understanding of human learning and intelligence and to develop devices that extend human abilities. Students may choose to do an Honours BA with an emphasis on cognitive science.  The requirements for this degree are the same as above, except that three philosophy credits and two non-philosophy credits must be in cognitive science related classes. Those who complete the requirements will have the words "With Emphasis on Cognitive Science" on their transcript upon graduation.

Philosophy BA with Combined Honours

BA with Combined Honours Checklist [145 KB]

At least five and no more than eight credits in Philosophy beyond the 1000 level, including two credits beyond the 2000 level.  Since the requirements for the combined honours degree vary depending on the program with which philosophy is combined, students must see an honours advisor. An honours thesis, or qualifying exam, in one of the two combined subjects is required.

Select at least one half credit from the following:
Philosophy (logic) half-credit: 2130.03, 2660.03, 3160.03, 3140.03, 3165.03, 3900.03

Select at least one half credit from the following:
Philosophy (history) half-credit: 2350.03, 2370.03, 2610.03, 2620.03, 3110.03, 3115.03, 3630.03, 3635.03, 3640.03, 3650.03

At least two credits at or above the 3000 level including: a half credit in Epistemology (3051.03) and a half-credit in ethics (3105.03).  

For more information please see our undergraduate micro-site page, Combining Programs.

20-credit BA with Major in Philosophy

BA with Major in Philosophy Checklist [80 KB]

At least six and no more than nine credits in Philosophy beyond the 1000 level, including three beyond the 2000 level.

Select at least one half credit from the following:
Philosophy (logic) half-credit: 2130.03, 2660.03, 3060.03, 3140.03, 3165.03, 3900.03

Select at least one credit from the following:
Philosophy (history) half-credit: 2350.03, 2370.03, 2610.03, 2620.03, 3110.03, 3115.03, 3630.03, 3635.03, 3640.03, 3650.03

At least three credits at or above the 3000 level including: a half credit in epistemology (3051.03) and a half-credit in ethics (3105.03 or 3100.06).

20-credit BA with Double Major

BA with Double Major Checklist [82 KB]

At least five and no more than eight credits in Philosophy beyond the 1000 level, including two beyond the 2000 level.

Select at least one half credit from the following:
Philosophy (logic) half-credit: 2130.03, 2660.03, 3060.03, 3140.03, 3165.03, 3900.03

Select at least one credit from the following:
Philosophy (history) half-credit: 2350.03, 2370.03, 2610.03, 2620.03, 3110.03, 3115.03, 3630.03, 3635.03, 3640.03, 3650.03

At least two credits at or above the 3000 level including: at least a half credit in Epistemology (3051.03), or a half-credit in ethics (3105.03).

15-credit BA with Concentration in Philosophy

At least four and no more than eight credits in Philosophy beyond the 1000 level, including two beyond the 2000 level.

Select at least one half credit from the following:
Philosophy (logic) half-credit: 2130.03, 2660.03, 3140.03.

Select at least one half credit from the following:
Philosophy (history) half-credit: 2350.03, 2610.03, 2620.03, 3630.03, 3640.03.

At least two credits at or above the 3000 level including at least a half credit in epistemology (3051.03) or a half-credit in ethics (3105.03).


For more information, please contact:

Undergraduate Advisor:
Dr. Kirstin Borgerson
902.494.3338
kirstin.borgerson@dal.ca

Honours Advisor
Dr. Greg Scherkoske
(902) 494-3520
greg.scherkoske@dal.ca