Future students

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Philosophy inspires stimulating discussions that open you up to new perspectives and help you critically examine fundamental issues.

Getting started

PHIL 100 (Introduction to Philosophy) is a great place to start taking classes with us. You can get a sense of what philosophy is all about.

If you'd rather start with a class that will help you prep for the LSAT, GRE, or GMAT, you might want to start with PHIL 201 (Critical Thinking) or maybe PHIL 203 (Symbolic Logic). And when you (hopefully) decide to major in philosophy, you'll already have some prerequisites satisfied.

Whether you want an honours, major, or minor degree, or just want to take some of our courses, we're here to answer your questions. Hopefully our FAQ will clear them up, but go ahead and contact us if you can't find the information you need.

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Career preparation and skills 

The special attention in philosophy to reasoning, good argumentation, logic, conceptual analysis, and clarity and precision in communicating ideas makes for a discipline that fosters skills of enormous value to students both as participants in the economy and as active citizens and community members.

A degree in philosophy is an excellent preparation for further studies. Our alumni have pursued degrees in law, education and business.

Visit our Careers page for more information. 

Some career options for philosophy graduates

  • Communications coordinator
  • Community worker
  • Entrepreneur
  • Human resources coordinator
  • Immigration/intelligence officer
  • Labour relations officer
  • Legal professional
  • Librarian/archivist
  • Logistics coordinator
  • Policy analyst
  • Program manager
  • Risk analyst
  • Software programmer
  • Teacher/instructor
  • Technical writer

How Philosophy compares to other majors 

Philosophy majors consistently rank highly on standardized tests such as the LSAT, GMAT and GRE. If you're thinking about a career in Law or Business, or graduate school, consider a major in Philosophy.