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Examine humanity's most challenging questions in this internationally renowned program known for its courses in political thought and argumentation theory. Philosophy gives you a broad vision of the world and the ability to make intelligent decisions, laying the foundation for a variety of careers. You can study philosophy exclusively, or combine it with another discipline. Classes are small and full of opportunities to discuss today’s most pressing topics such as artificial intelligence, feminism, the environment and politics.

Sample Courses: Introduction to Western Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, Reasoning Skills, Informal Logic: Fallacy, Philosophy and Human Nature

Specialization Options: Social and Political Thought, Argumentation and Logic

Career Tracks: Civil service worker, journalist, politician, communications official policy analyst, lawyer

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: English/ENG4U
Minimum Average (Co-op): 80%; 70% minimum in English
Minimum Average: 70%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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If high achievement and diverse academic pursuits are in your DNA, this elite program is for you. It’s for students who want to develop knowledge and skills in the sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences. Blend your interests – drama with biomedical sciences or biochemistry with music. You can tailor your program to match your interests and career aspirations. Our students can pursue diverse career opportunities or go on to do research or graduate degrees in their field. This program is small by design to give your talents the attention they deserve.

Sample Courses: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts and Science; Modes and Methods of Inquiry; Inquiry and Communication; Science, Ethics and Social Policy

Specialization Options: Students choose a major or double major and a minor (in FAHSS or Science). Available major and minor concentrations: Anthrozoology; Biological Sciences; Biomedical Science; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Communication, Media and Film; Computer Science; Dramatic Art; Economics; English Language, Literature and Creative Writing; History; Languages, Literatures and Civilizations; Mathematics and Statistics; Music and Visual Arts; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology; Women’s and Gender Studies

Career Tracks: Professional school (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy), law, graduate studies, medical director

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: Advanced Functions/MHF4U and two of Biology/SBI4U, Physics/SPH4U, or Chemistry/SCH4U. English/ENG4U.
Strongly Recommended: Calculus & Vectors/MCV4U
Minimum Average: 80%
Mean Average: 85%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies
  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General 3-year program
  • H Honours 4-year program
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available
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Katie Sulatycki

"Studying philosophy provided me with the analytical and problem-solving skills that are much needed in many industries today. It also taught me to see the world in new and different ways, to think critically and creatively, and to keep a good humour about life."

Katie Sulatycki
BA (Honours) in Philosophy

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What Will I Learn?

  • Appreciating the thoughts and ideas of people from other times and places; expressing and evaluating these ideas with respect to historical and modern contexts and competing philosophies
  • Understanding and internalizing several major philosophical tenets, figures, texts, and schools of thought
  • Closely evaluating competing arguments and ideas to articulate fine differences and areas of commonality

  • Examining and explaining beliefs, arguments, and ideas using sound logical reasoning and rationality
  • Building sturdy, well-supported points of view; expressing persuasively and intelligently one’s competing view
  • Identifying and isolating the distinctive qualities of arguments using clarity and reason


Employment Rate of Graduates*

*Two Years after Graduation (OUGS Humanities, 2020)

Explore your opportunities

  • Campaign manager
  • Civil service
  • Communications official
  • Consultant
  • Entertainer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Event co-ordinator
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal consultant
  • Librarian
  • Media analyst
  • Paralegal
  • Policy analyst
  • Politician
  • Professor
  • Project manager
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Teacher
  • Writer

High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration.

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