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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.  

Degree Requirements

BA With Honours in Philosophy

Students interested in Honours Programs are encouraged to apply by the middle of their third year. Please contact Honours Advisor. The Honours application form is available online at http://www.registrar.dal.ca/forms.

Departmental Requirements

At least 60 credit hours in Philosophy of which at least 54 and no more than 66 are beyond the 1000 level

Select at least six credit hours from the following:

Philosophy (logic): PHIL 2130.03, PHIL 2660.03, PHIL 3140.03

Select at least six credit hours from the following:

Philosophy (history): PHIL 2350.03, PHIL 2610.03, PHIL 2620.03, PHIL 3110.03, PHIL 3635.03, PHIL 3640.03, PHIL 3650.03

  • At least 24 credit hours at or above the 3000 level including three credit hours in epistemology (PHIL 3051.03) and three credit hours in ethics (PHIL 3105.03) and at least six credit hours at the 4000 level
  • Honours Thesis

BA with Combined Honours

At least 30 and no more than 48 credit hours in Philosophy beyond the 1000 level, including 12 credit hours 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 three credit hours from the following - Philosophy (Logic):
Select at least three credit hours from the following - Philosophy (History):
  • PHIL 2350.03: History of Philosophy: Ancient
  • PHIL 2610.03: History of Philosophy: The Rationalists
  • PHIL 2620.03: History of Philosophy: The Empiricists
  • PHIL 3110.03: History of Ethics: Plato to Epicurus
  • PHIL 3115.03: History of Ethics: Kant's Moral Theory
  • PHIL 3630.03: History of Philosophy: Kant
  • PHIL 3635.03: History of Philosophy: 19th Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 3640.03: History of Philosophy Twentieth-Century Philosophy

At least 12 credit hours at or above the 3000 level including three credit hours in:

BA (120 credit hour) Major in Philosophy

At least 30 and no more than 48 credit hours in Philosophy beyond the 1000 level, including 12 credit hours beyond the 2000 level

Select at least three credit hours from the following - Philosophy (Logic):
  • PHIL 2130.03: Logic: Deduction
  • PHIL 2660.03: Logic: Understanding Scientific Reasoning
Select at least six credit hours from the following - Philosophy (History):
  • PHIL 2350.03: History of Philosophy: Ancient
  • PHIL 2610.03: History of Philosophy: The Rationalists
  • PHIL 2620.03: History of Philosophy: The Empiricists
  • PHIL 3110.03: History of Ethics: Plato to Epicurus
  • PHIL 3115.03: History of Ethics: Kant's Moral Theory
  • PHIL 3630.03: History of Philosophy: Kant
  • PHIL 3635.03: History of Philosophy: 19th Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 3640.03: History of Philosophy Twentieth-Century Philosophy

At least 12 credit hours at or above the 3000 level including three credit hours in:

BA (120 Credit Hour) Double Major

At least 30 and no more than 48 credit hours in Philosophy beyond the 1000 level, including 12 credit hours beyond the 2000 level

Select at least three credit hours from the following - Philosophy (Logic):
  • PHIL 2130.03: Logic: Deduction
  • PHIL 2660.03: Logic: Understanding Scientific Reasoning
Select at least six credit hours from the following - Philosophy (History):
  • PHIL 2350.03: History of Philosophy: Ancient
  • PHIL 2610.03: History of Philosophy: The Rationalists
  • PHIL 2620.03: History of Philosophy: The Empiricists
  • PHIL 3110.03: History of Ethics: Plato to Epicurus
  • PHIL 3115.03: History of Ethics: Kant's Moral Theory
  • PHIL 3630.03: History of Philosophy: Kant
  • PHIL 3635.03: History of Philosophy: 19th Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 3640.03: History of Philosophy Twentieth-Century Philosophy

At least 12 credit hours at or above the 3000 level including three credit hours in:

BA (90 Credit Hour) with a Minor in Philosophy

minimum of 18 to a maximum of 27 credit hours in Philosophy beyond the 1000 level, including at least 3 credit hours beyond the 2000 level.

Select at least three credit hours from the following:

 

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