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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.51 Philosophy
4.51 Philosophy
Overview of Programs and Procedures in Philosophy
Baccalaureate Degrees Offered

Degrees in Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy

BA in Philosophy with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in Philosophy

BA Honours in Philosophy with Co-operative Education

Degrees in Women's Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Women’s Studies

BA in Women’s Studies with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in Women’s Studies

BA Honours in Women’s Studies with Co-operative Education

Related Interdisciplinary Degrees (See separate listings)

BA in Religious Studies and Applied Ethics*

*Applications to this program are currently suspended. No new admissions will be permitted.


  • Minors are offered in Philosophy and Women's Studies.
  • A related interdisciplinary Minor is offered in the History and Philosophy of Science.
  • A concentration is available in Philosophy and Religion.

In philosophy we ask fundamental questions about ourselves and the world, as well as practical questions about how to live a good life and how to construct a just society. As an academic discipline, philosophy is subdivided into areas such as ethics and political philosophy, aesthetics, epistemology (the theory of knowledge), metaphysics (the theory of reality or being), logic and the philosophy of logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, and the history of philosophy. Philosophy graduates pursue careers in business, law, the arts, and politics.

The Women's Studies Major program is designed to provide students with knowledge of the rapidly developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary literature in the field, while providing them with an understanding of the reasons for the development of a feminist scholarship. From its activist and academic perspective, the program will help prepare students for careers in government, social work, and business, while also providing them with a mode of analysis applicable to related fields, and to their own lives.

Contact Information

Department Office: Social Sciences 1256

Phone: 403.220.5531/5533

Fax: 403.289.5698



For Program Advice

Students should consult a program advisor in the Arts Students' Centre for information and advice on their overall program requirements. Advising contact information can be found online:

For more specific advice regarding course selection and requirements in the major field, students should consult the Undergraduate Program Director located in the Department of Philosophy (consult Department website for contact information).

Admission to the Major

Prospective students wishing to enter the BA (Philosophy or Women's Studies) Program must meet the criteria listed in section A.2 Undergraduate Admission of this Calendar. Annual application deadlines are found in A.3 Deadline Dates for Undergraduate Applications for Admission and Transcripts.

Admission to Honours

The Faculty of Arts procedures for Admission to Honours established in section 3.4.2 Honours Degrees with a Major Field are applicable and provide the overall framework.

Philosophy: Students must complete an application in the online Student Centre by the February 1 deadline.

Women's Studies: Students majoring in Women’s Studies are eligible to apply for Honours by the February 1 deadline only if they will complete the program during the following academic year.

Overlapping Programs

Programs in History and Philosophy of Science cannot be taken in conjunction with programs in Philosophy. This restriction applies to Major-plus-Minor combinations, Double Majors, Combined Degrees and Second Baccalaureate Degrees. A maximum of 60 units (10.0 full-course equivalents) is allowed in any discipline within the Major Field of History and Philosophy of Science.

Programs in the History and Philosophy of Science can be taken in conjunction with programs in History with approval from the Faculty and with the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program with approval from the Cumming School of Medicine. Consent is required for Major-plus-Minor combinations, Double Majors, Combined Degrees and Second Baccalaureate Degrees (this includes a Major degree in Faculty of Science, the Schulich School of Engineering, and the Cumming School of Medicine – with consent from the relevant faculties).

Field of Philosophy

The Field of Philosophy consists of all courses labelled Philosophy (PHIL) and Religious Studies (RELS) 363, 444, 445, and 463.

Field of History and Philosophy of Science

The Field of the History and Philosophy of Science consists of the following courses:

Art History 411.01
History 372, 395, 427, 476, 493.38, 493.39, 541.02, 541.05, 597, 598
Philosophy 279, 301, 303, 305, 307, 309, 361, 367, 377, 379, 405, 407, 467, 479, 501, 505, 507, 517, 565, 567, 571, 590, 595
Anthropology 341, 361, 391, 441
Computer Science 409
Economics 483
English 393
Geology 201
Greek and Roman Studies 321
Health and Society 401
Medical Science 205, 307
Neuroscience 421
Psychology 305
Religious Studies 397