Major in Philosophy (72 credits)

Students wishing to major in Philosophy must complete 72 credits of courses, including:

  • Either PHIL1012 or PHIL1034 (6 credits);
  • 12 credits of introductory courses taken from any Arts programme(s), which may include additional credits in 1000-level Philosophy courses;
  • 54 credits of Philosophy courses from among those at the 2000-, 3000-, and 4000-levels, with at least 6 credits from a capstone course (PHIL3920 or PHIL4920).

Minor in Philosophy (36 credits)

Students wishing to minor in Philosophy must complete 36 credits of courses, including:

  • Either PHIL1012 or PHIL1034 (6 credits);
  • 30 credits of Philosophy courses from among those at the 2000-, 3000-, and 4000-levels.

Recommendations about Course Selection

The following are recommendations and not requirements.

  • The Department welcomes students who want to study philosophy but have no intention to major or minor in Philosophy. We do recommend that they complete PHIL1012 or PHIL1034 before enrolling in courses at the 2000- level or above.
  • PHIL1012 or PHIL1034 is usually taken in the first year of study, but students may also take them in other years.
  • Fourth-year majors who qualify are recommended to take PHIL4810 “Senior Seminar” in their final year, especially if they are considering further study in philosophy.
  • Courses at the 2000- and 3000- level are divided into four groups according to their subject matter:
    • Knowledge and reality
    • Mind and language
    • Moral and political philosophy
    • History of philosophy
  • We strongly recommend major students to select courses from all four groups to ensure a broader training in philosophy.