Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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What you will learn in this program
Philosophers ask questions such as: Is the mind distinct from the body? Can I know there is a world outside my mind? Does God exist?
Philosophy asks fundamental questions about ourselves, the world, and our place within it. As a philosophy student, you'll learn how to think, discuss and write about abstract ideas. During the course of your studies, you'll gain abstract reasoning skills, conceptual analysis capabilities, written and verbal communication skills, and logical abilities.
As a Philosophy graduate, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as the civil service, the non-profit sector, and the business world. A degree in Philosophy can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.
Courses you'll take:
Logic, The Classical Period, The Medieval and Renaissance Period, The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Scientific and Critical Reasoning
Admission requirements and information
Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.
Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.
Honours Degree - In-depth study of a specific topic completed under the supervision of a faculty member.
Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.
When I teach I bring two elements to my classroom: a diversity of issues, perspectives and philosophers beyond the Western tradition; and lessons on crafting an academic paper. Students are well served by studying philosophy. It teaches critical reasoning important in all walks of life. At UCalgary you’ll find enthusiastic and compassionate faculty dedicated to student success.
Jeremy Fantl, PhD — Undergraduate Studies Director
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Philosophy allows you to ask the questions that other disciplines cannot or do not. With philosophy, you can get to the deepest foundations of issues, rather than staying at levels closer to the surface. No holds barred. The course material is strikingly thought-provoking and the professors teach in a way that makes you want to participate. With small classes, it’s easy to get to know people. So many people get into this major just by taking one course and realizing they love it.
Erika R., philosophy student
Join our community in fall 2019
We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.