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Honours in Philosophy - degree requirements

60 credits

The Honours degree in philosophy is designed to provide a rigorous grounding in major topics and historical periods of philosophy. An Honours degree is normally required for doing a graduate degree in philosophy. The degree consists in 60 credits, taken in the following stages, with stage I normally being completed in a student’s first year at Concordia, and stages II and III in the subsequent two years. Students seeking admission to the Honours program may apply either for direct entry on the University application form or, once in the program, to the departmental Honours Adviser normally following the completion of thirty university credits.

Please note that all philosophy courses have a value of 3 credits.

The following program breakdown is for students admitted as of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Stage I - 15 credits
  • PHIL 214 Deductive Logic
  • PHIL 232 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 260 Presocratics and Plato
  • PHIL 261 Aristotle and Romans
  • PHIL 263 Introduction to Epistemology OR PHIL 265 Introduction to Metaphysics
Stage II - 24 credits
  • PHIL 330 Contemporary Ethical Theory OR PHIL 342 Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 360 Rationalism
  • PHIL 361 Empiricism
  • PHIL 318 Philosophy of Biology OR PHIL 328 Intermediate Philosophy of Science OR PHIL 364 Intermediate Epistemology OR PHIL 365 Intermediate Metaphysics
  • PHIL 362 Medieval Philosophy OR PHIL 374 Kant and 19th Century Philosophy OR PHIL 377 20th Century Continental Philosophy 
  • 12 PHIL elective or cognate credits (4 courses) at the 300 or 400 level*
Stage III - 21 credits

One course from the following:

  • PHIL 414 Advanced Topics in Logic
  • PHIL 416 Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 420 Advanced Philosophy of Science,
  • PHIL 425 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 463 Advanced Epistemology
  • PHIL 465 Advanced Metaphysics
  • PHIL 489 Phenomenology

One course from the following:

  • PHIL 430 Advanced Studies in Ethics,
  • PHIL 440 Advanced Political Philosophy,
  • PHIL 471 Advanced Topics in Feminist Theory

One course from the following:

  • PHIL 480 Plato
  • PHIL 481 Aristotle
  • PHIL 482 Advanced Topics in Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 483 Advanced Topics in the History of Philosophy
  • PHIL 485 Kant
  • PHIL 486 Hegel
  • PHIL 487 Early Analytic Philosophy
  • 9 PHIL elective or cognate credits (3 courses) at the 400 level*

*PHIL elective or cognate credits are to be chosen in consultation with the Department, specifically the Undergraduate Progam Advisor.

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