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Philosophy

In this program you’ll explore the complex questions we face in our everyday lives. You’ll take a rational and critical look at:

  • the nature of truth
  • knowledge
  • justice
  • meaning
  • beauty
  • ethics
  • political philosophy

Potential careers

What can you do with a philosophy degree? Here are a few jobs that relate to the program:

  • policy analyst
  • legal professional
  • communications coordinator
  • librarian
  • archivist
  • technical writer     
  • labour relations officer
  • immigration officer
  • intelligence officer
  • program manager
  • community worker
  • human resources coordinator      
  • logistics coordinator
  • business or risk analyst
  • software programmer
  • teacher or instructor
  • entrepreneur

Some of these roles may require post-graduate studies or training. 

Find a career that fits you

Experience & connections

Opportunities in the philosophy program

Opportunities outside your program

  • With a work study position you can develop skills during your study term.
  • Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while you build skills.

Networks you can connect to

Here are a few professional associations related to philosophy:

Hands-on learning opportunities

These courses in the philosophy program offer extensive hands-on learning.

Co-op

Co-op work terms
Alternate academic study with paid work terms to gain workplace experience

Course-based

PHIL 100 - Introduction to Philosophy
Explore diverse issues and figures in philosophy

PHIL 201 - Critical Thinking
Gain and exercise critical thinking skills

PHIL 232 - Moral Problems of Contemporary Society
Critically assess the practical ethical dimensions of topics like abortion, racism, etc.

PHIL 330 - Professional and Business Ethics
Discuss ethical issues with guest speakers (business members or professionals)

PHIL 336 - Philosophy of Law
Explore the nature of law and legal reasoning by considering real-world legal cases

Field experience

PHIL 240 - Introduction to Philosophy of Art
Visit an artist or attend a performance

Research project

PHIL 308 - The Empiricists
Complete research on significant empiricist figures

PHIL 330 - Professional and Business Ethics
Meet with community members to develop an ideal business plan

PHIL 490 - Advanced Topics in Philosophy
Write a research paper on a philosophical topic

These courses are not always offered as described.

What you'll learn

Every student at UVic builds skills all employers look for. At UVic Co-op & Career we call these  "competencies". This is what you’ll learn in the philosophy program.

Philosophical method

  • use philosophical methodology and technique to identify the significant features of difficult material
  • assess lines of reasoning for soundness and validity
  • assess the merits of competing arguments and viewpoints
  • make a clear and persuasive argument or clearly articulate a viewpoint
  • recognize the complexity in things that are otherwise taken for granted
  • explore ethical or moral issues from many philosophical perspectives

History of philosophy

  • understand ancient philosophical traditions in Western philosophy including Plato and Aristotle
  • understand modern traditions in Western philosophy including rationalism, empiricism and existentialism

Epistemology and metaphysics

  • understand epistemology (the theory of knowledge) and metaphysics (a type of philosophy that helps define reality)
  • explore concepts such as knowledge, skepticism, evidence, rational belief, doubt, justification and certainty
  • explore the psychology of perception and the theory of knowledge, examining the merits of realist, representationalist and phenomenalist theories
  • examine the philosophy of religion
  • examine the nature of technology and its moral implications for human and non-human environments
  • examine the philosophy of language

Logic

  • generate deductively valid arguments and detect invalid arguments
  • understand inductive logic, decision making, syllogistic reasoning and informal fallacies
  • understand and evaluate arguments
  • identify correct inference rules for sentential and quantificational arguments
  • understand formal logic from a theoretical point of view

What's next?

To explore more visit the philosophy site. For degree planning contact your adviser for help.

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