Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Why choose Philosophy?


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.

Career opportunities

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.​

Program highlights

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.


Courses in this program

Logic, The Classical Period, The Medieval and Renaissance Period, The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, ​Scientific and Critical Reasoning


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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