Degree Requirements | College of Arts

Degree Requirements

Our Philosophy program offers three program options for a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy:

A Major, a Minor, and an Area of Concentration in Philosophy


We've recently updated each of our program options by streamlining our requirements. Planning your course selection and navigating your way through the program is now much easier! We've made this handy diagram so that you can see our requirements at a glance.
*As always at the University of Guelph, students have the choice of graduating under the new requirements or those that were in effect when they entered the University.


Program requirements

Major (Honours Program)

8.50 Philosophy credits are required, as follows:

PHIL*2120 [0.50] Ethics
PHIL*2140 [0.50] Ancient Greek Philosophy
PHIL*2160 [0.50] Early Modern Philosophy: Reason vs Experience
PHIL*2280 [0.50] Key Concepts in Political Philosophy
PHIL*2370 [0.50] Metaphysics and Mind
PHIL*3100 [0.50] Kant and His Legacy
PHIL*4820 [0.50] Philosophy Research Presentation

One of:

  • PHIL*2100 [0.50] Critical Thinking
  • PHIL*2110 [0.50] Formal Logic

One of:

  • PHIL*2240 [0.50] Knowledge and Belief
  • PHIL*2180 [0.50] Philosophy of Science

1.50 credits in Philosophy (Note: Students may only count .50 credits at the 1000 level towards this requirement.)

1.50 credits in Philosophy at the 3000 level or higher

1.00 credits in Philosophy at the 4000 level or higher

We also excited to announce that our majors have the unique opportunity to take our new Philosophy Research Presentation course.

Philosophy Research Presentation (PHIL 4820)

This capstone course, offered strictly to our Majors, allows students to prepare and deliver an oral presentation on a philosophical issue of their own choosing. This course provides an opportunity for students to present their unique point of view and chosen area of research interest. The focus of this course is on mastering the oral presentation of a philosophical argument, as well as engaging in respectful, intellectually honest discussion with one’s audience. Over the course of the semester students will develop and present a philosophical argument, working independently, in-class, and one-on-one with the instructor. By the end of the semester students will be ready to present their work at an end-of-semester conference!

 

Minor (Honours Program)

5.00 Philosophy credits are required, as follows:

PHIL*2240 [0.50] Knowledge and Belief
PHIL*2370 [0.50] Metaphysics and Mind

one of:

  • PHIL*2120 [0.50] Ethics
  • PHIL*2280 [0.50] Key Concepts in Political Philosophy

one of:

  • PHIL*2100 [0.50] Critical Thinking
  • PHIL*2110 [0.50] Formal Logic 

1.00 credits in Philosophy (Note: Students may only count .50 credits at the 1000 level towards this requirement.)

2.00 credits in Philosophy at the 3000 level or higher

 

Area of Concentration (General Program)

5.00 Philosophy credits are required, as follows:

PHIL*2240 [0.50] Knowledge and Belief
PHIL*2370 [0.50] Metaphysics and Mind

one of:

  • PHIL*2120 [0.50] Ethics
  • PHIL*2280 [0.50] Key Concepts in Political Philosophy

one of:

  • PHIL*2100 [0.50] Critical Thinking
  • PHIL*2110 [0.50] Formal Logic

1.50 credits in Philosophy (Note: Students may only count .50 credits at the 1000 level towards this requirement.)

1.50 credits in Philosophy at the 3000 level or higher
 

If you have any questions about our programs please contact one of our Faculty Advisors, Professor Stefan Linquist and Professor Patricia Sheridan. They will be happy to meet with you or answer questions by email.