Programs

You can find a list of our currently offered undergraduate courses as well as syllabi on our Courses page. You may also want to find out more about the Minor in Applied Ethics.

The tabs below outline the requirements for each of our degree programs. Feel free to contact our undergraduate adviser for help planning your program, and take note of the Tips for Completing Your Philosophy Program listed below our requirements.

30 units of courses in philosophy, including at least 21 units numbered 300 and above.

  1. At least two of:
    1. PHIL 201 (Critical Thinking)
    2. PHIL 203 (Elementary Formal Logic)
    3. PHIL 370 (Theoretical Logic, if selected, 370 cannot count towards upper-level requirements)
    4. PHIL 371 (Logic, if selected, 371 cannot count towards upper-level requirements)
  2. One from each of:
    1. PHIL 301 (Plato), PHIL 303 (Aristotle)
    2. PHIL 306 (The Rationalists), PHIL 308 (The Empiricists), PHIL 309 (Kant)
    3. any course not already selected in (a) and (b), or PHIL 314 (19th Century Philosophy) or PHIL 316 (History of Analytic Philosophy)
    4. PHIL 352 (Metaphysics), PHIL 354 (Philosophy of Language), PHIL 362 (Philosophy of Mind)
    5. PHIL 351 (Epistemology), PHIL 356 (Philosophy of Science), PHIL 358 (Theory of Perception)
    6. PHIL 335 (Contemporary Moral Philosophy), PHIL 338 (Meta-Ethics), PHIL 339 (Theories of Justice)
  3. An additional 9.0 units of philosophy courses numbered 300 and above (excluding PHIL 321, 330, 331, 333)
  4. An additional 3.0 units of philosophy courses numbered 400 and above
  5. An additional 6.0 units of philosophy at any level

Graduation standing: To obtain an Honours degree, you must have a minimum 5.0 graduating GPA and have a minimum 6.0 GPA in all credit courses taken in philosophy.

To apply: If you wish to be considered for the honours program, apply to the undergraduate adviser. Applications are normally considered only after students have completed their second year of study.

Although Senate regulations specify that an honours degree should normally be completed in four academic years, we give our students the option of taking five years. You must formally request permission from the department to do it over five years.

Download the Honours checklist file.

Students must complete the following 21 units of courses in philosophy.

  1. At least two of:
    1. PHIL 201 (Critical Thinking)
    2. PHIL 203 (Elementary Formal Logic)
    3. PHIL 370 (Theoretical Logic, if selected, 370 cannot count towards upper-level requirements)
    4. PHIL 371 (Logic, if selected, 371 cannot count towards upper-level requirements)
  2. One from each of:
    1. PHIL 301 (Plato), PHIL 303 (Aristotle)
    2. PHIL 306 (The Rationalists), PHIL 308 (The Empiricists), PHIL 309 (Kant)
    3. any course not already selected in (a) and (b), or PHIL 314 (19th Century Philosophy) or PHIL 316 (History of Analytic Philosophy)
    4. PHIL 352 (Metaphysics), PHIL 354 (Philosophy of Language), PHIL 362 (Philosophy of Mind)
    5. PHIL 351 (Epistemology), PHIL 356 (Philosophy of Science), PHIL 358 (Theory of Perception)
    6. PHIL 335 (Contemporary Moral Philosophy), PHIL 338 (Meta-Ethics), PHIL 339 (Theories of Justice)
  • An additional 6.0 units of philosophy courses numbered 300 and above (excluding PHIL 321, 330, 331, 333)
  • An additional 3.0 units of philosophy at any level.

Download the Major checklist file.

12 units of courses in philosophy. Of these, at least 9.0 must be numbered 300 or higher.

Tips for Completing Your Philosophy Program

  • PHIL 100 is strongly encouraged for incoming first-year students, but it is not required as a prerequisite for upper-level courses. If you are a second or third year student thinking of switching into philosophy, you need not go back to PHIL 100. Instead, please consult with our undergraduate advisor to organize the best entry path into our program.
  • Most of our upper-level courses require only that students have completed 4.5 units of philosophy. However, this is not true for all upper-level courses (e.g. PHIL 311), so plan your progress through our requirements accordingly.

  • In particular, be advised that PHIL 203 is a prerequisite for certain prominent courses in our program requirements (e.g. PHIL 316, 352, 354 and 370). Students are therefore encouraged to complete PHIL 203 early in their studies to avoid being precluded from taking these courses as they approach graduation.

  • Some courses are best completed in chronological order (e.g. PHIL 301 before 303), but this progression is not strictly required. Nevertheless, it is strongly recommended that students complete PHIL 306 or PHIL 308 before taking PHIL 309. Ideally students will have taken both 306 and 308, but completing at least one of these two courses is exceedingly beneficial for appreciating the material in PHIL 309.

  • Students ought to also consult Academic Advising for help planning their overall university requirements, e.g. program requirements for the Faculty of Humanities.