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Undergraduate Advising

Do you have questions about your Honours, Major or Minor in Philosophy program? Unsure which courses you still need to take? Want to make sure you are on the right track?

The Undergraduate Program Director Dr. Pablo Gilabert is available for academic advising appointments via Zoom on Thursdays, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., throughout the winter term:

Book a 10 to 15 minute appointment.

You can also consult the tabs below for more advice on the undergraduate experience in Philosophy, as well as resources useful to incoming and current students.

As a prospective philosophy student, congratulations on your offer of admission to study philosophy with us here at Concordia University! Once you accept your offer of admission, and pay the confirmation deposit, your next step will be to attend academic advising to learn about your degree and program. Following advising, you will be able to make your schedule and register for your classes starting in September. It's a good idea to begin registering for classes as soon as you can, because seats will fill up.

Upcoming Advising Information Sessions via Zoom:

**To Be Announced**

Please email the Undergraduate Program Assistant or phone 514-848-2424, ext. 2500 for more information. Welcome to philosophy!

The Department of Philosophy offers a broad range of studies in philosophy. This includes courses in the history of philosophy, spanning three millennia, and courses covering a diverse spectrum of philosophical topics and approaches. Many of the courses are designed for undergraduates pursuing studies in other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The aim is to contribute to the development of critical, informed, and open minds.

The Major and Minor programs give students an understanding of the aims, methods, and content of a range of major philosophical periods and traditions. The Honours program prepares students for graduate study in philosophy.

In addition to the courses listed on the Checklists, students must complete a minimum of 24 credits outside of Philosophy.

In order to satisfy the Arts and Science General Education requirement, at least six of these credits must come from courses outside of the Humanities. These may be courses in the Social Science and Science disciplinary sectors:

The Social Science sector includes:

  • Applied Human Sciences
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Geography, Planning and Environment
  • Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability
  • Political Science
  • Religions and Cultures
  • School of Community and Public Affairs
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Simone de Beauvoir Institute

The Science sector includes:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Exercise Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Science College

The Humanities sectors includes the deparments below. Courses in these departments DO NOT count towards the General Education requirement for Philosophy students:

  • Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Études françaises
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Arts College
  • Philosophy
  • School of Irish Studies
  • Theological Studies

Student requests are submitted when students wish to deal with exceptions to academic regulations or related matters, such as:

·         Course substitutions
·         Permission to take courses at other universities (outside of Quebec)
·         Credit overload

The Student Request Form must be submitted to your department and include:

·         Reasons for your request
·         Current copy of your student record
·         Supporting documentation validating request (e.g., medical documentation)

The department will then forward the Student Request, with the department advisor's signature, to Student Academic Services for a response which will then be sent to you by email.

Student Requests that need further consideration will be forwarded to the Student Request Committee (SRC). This committee generally meets every two weeks except over the summer. Students are informed of the committee's decision by email. Decisions of the SRC are final.

Students requesting a refund for medical or unforeseen events or circumstances must complete the Student Request for Late Registration and Late Withdrawal (Arts and Science program students). This request form can be found in the Student Hub, under Course registration then Course withdrawals. This request will be forwarded to the University Retroactive Withdrawal Committee (URWC). Decisions of the URWC are final.

When you are nearing the completion of your degree, you must apply to graduate before the specified deadline:

 Term* Deadline Convocation date
  Winter  January 15  Spring
  Summer  July 15    Fall
 *The term you complete your degree requirements


How to apply to graduate: Apply to graduate online. You can also access your graduation application by logging in to your Student Hub and going to My CU Account

Take note:

  • Don’t wait until you have received your grades before submitting your application!
  • The university accepts late applications only for a limited period. Students will be charged a fee for late applications.
  • If your application is unsuccessful for any reason, you must reapply the following term.

The Concordia Student Exchange Program (CSEP) offers students the possibility to study abroad while earning credits towards their Concordia degree. Exchange participants spend 1-2 terms studying at one of Concordia University’s 180+ partner institutions across the globe while paying Concordia tuition fees. Bursaries are available to help fund semesters abroad.

Eligibility criteria includes:

  • Having completed a total of 24-credits prior to travel;
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 (B-) at the time of the application;

For more information, visit Concordia International and Student Academic Services.

Note that our department has organized a student exchange with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Münster, Germany. To receive additional information on the exchange, contact the Undergraduate Program Advisor or email our Student Exchange Coordinator.

Under the Quebec Inter-University Transfer Agreement, you may apply to take courses at other Quebec universities that will count for credit toward your degree at Concordia.

You may apply to take courses for credit at other universities in Québec while paying tuition at Concordia through the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) or the inter-university transfer agreement. You must have completed 24 credits at Concordia and be in good academic standing.

To apply, you will need to use the BCI authorization to transfer credits form. Your application will be reviewed by your home institution (program advisor, Faculty Student Affairs office, Registrar’s Office) and once it is approved, it will be sent to the host university for review and approval.

Be sure to check course availability and requirements of the host university before submitting your application.

As a guide, applications for inter-university transfers must be submitted by:

·         Winter term: December 15

·         Fall term: August 15

·         Summer term: April 15 (May courses); May 15 (June courses); June 15 (July courses)

These deadlines vary by institution. Applications submitted after the school’s specified deadlines will not be approved.

You may follow up on the status of your application by logging into the BCI form. Be sure to read any comments added to your application.  

Registering for undergraduate level courses:

Once your application is approved by the host institution, you will be sent an email confirming your student ID and the steps you will need to follow to register for the course(s) you have been approved to take in the specified term. Students register using the host institution’s online student information system. If the course you are interested in has any prerequisites, or requires departmental approval, you must contact the department offering the course.

The confirmation of registration status for each course will be updated on the BCI form shortly following the add/drop deadline in the specified term. Your home university will access your registration status on the BCI form and assess your tuition accordingly.

Should you have any questions regarding course selection, please consult the Undergraduate Program Director during drop-in advising hours.

Students can add a program (i.e., add a Minor or Major) or change their concentration (Minor to Major) of their program after they have at least 24 credits on record. Some departments may have specific requirements before accepting you into their programs. It is strongly recommended that you visit the department website first.

Students can also complete a degree transfer. Students who wish to transfer from a BA to a BSc, a BA to a BEd, or BA to BComm must meet the degree requirements or receive a recommendation from the department to begin the new degree.

Change of Concentration

If you wish to change your program concentration (for example, Minor to Major), you must make an appointment with your department advisor. If approved, your department will complete the change of concentration on your behalf.

If you wish to add another program to your current degree (for example, adding another Major or Minor), you must make an appointment with the department advisor in the program you wish to enter. If approved, that department will complete the change of concentration on your behalf.

If you wish to change your program, you must make an appointment with the department advisor of the program you wish to enter. This department will add the new program and withdraw you from the old program.
Honours in Philosophy
Students who wish to change their concentration to the Honours concentration, must make an appointment with the Undergraduate Program Director in Philosophy. Admission to an Honours program has additional requirements. For consideration, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher to change your program concentration to Honours and show no grades below a “C.” Honours in Philosophy (or equivalent) is required for the Concordia MA in Philosophy. According to the Undergraduate Academic Calendar:

Superior academic performance is required for admission to and continuation in the honours program, the precise level of such performance being determined by Senate. See §16.2.4 and Faculty Honours Regulations for matters governing honours programs at Concordia. An honours degree or equivalent, because it testifies to a student’s comprehensive education in a particular field, intellectual commitment to that field, and achievement of a high level of academic performance, has traditionally been required of entrants to postgraduate programs.

For consideration for the winter term, Honours applications are due before December 1st. For fall, the deadline is August 15th. For more information, please consult the Faculty's Honours regulations in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Degree Transfer

Students who wish to change their degree (BA to a BSc, for example) must go to the degree transfer requirements page for more information. The degree transfer process is similar to the admission process. Once your request has been reviewed, a letter will be sent to you informing you of the outcome.

Students with a variety of disability conditions can use the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities (ACSD). Some examples are: vision, mobility, hearing, chronic medical conditions, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, mental health conditions, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

The centre can also provide services and accommodations to students with temporary disability conditions that are generally the result of illness or injury.

To register with the ACSD, call 514-848-2424, ext. 3525 or visit GM 300.00 to book an appointment.

Feeling stressed out or depressed? There is help available to you at Concordia’s Counselling and Psychological Services. Reach out to them by calling 3545.

Need help with your writing? We all do. Make sure you get in touch with the Writing Assistants at the Student Success Centre at extension 3545.

Concordia’s Policy Regarding Sexual Violence defines sexual violence as “any violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or by targeting sexuality. This includes, but is not limited to sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism, degrading sexual imagery, distribution of sexual images or video of a community member without their consent, and cyber harassment or cyber stalking of a sexual nature or related to a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and/or presentation.” The Policy further defines sexual assault and harassment.

The Philosophy Department condemns sexual violence. The Department encourages all students to report sexual violence to the Department Chair, the Dean, or to the Office of Rights and Responsibilities.

Concordia’s Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) is an important resource on campus for students needing support, accompaniment, resources or information about sexual violence. SARC may convene a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) to support a survivor/victim reporting sexual violence. See the Policy for further details.

Other resources include the Centre for Gender Advocacy and the CSU Advocacy Centre.

Grieving the death of a loved one can be tough, but you are not alone. Here are some resources for support and active listening. You do not need to be in a crisis or an urgent situation to call these numbers:

1.      For undergraduate students enrolled in the CSU health plan: EmpowerMe 24/7, Multi-lingual: Call 1-833-628-5589.

2.      For anyone in Canada, funded in part by the Government of Canada: Wellness Together Canada 24/7, English and French: Youth text WELLNESS to 686868; adults text WELLNESS to 741741; or call 1-866-585-0445.

3.      For international students enrolled in the ISO BlueCross health plan: inConfidence Chat: User ID: Concordiaiso (case-sensitive); Password: inconfidence. Call 1-877-418-2181 / TTY: 1-877-371-9978 App: Lifeworks (Google Play/Apple)

4.      TRACOM specialises in providing free, critical mental health support at any time of day: Call 514-483-3033.

5.      Suicide Action Montréal support if you, or someone you know, are having thoughts about hurting yourself 1-866-277-3553.

6.      811 for health or 211 for psychosocial questions and assistance 24/7.

Peer Support with Peer Wellness Ambassadors

Book an active listening appointment with a trained Peer Wellness Ambassador.

Multi-Faith and Spirituality Centre:

Active listening and spiritual care is available by appointment.

The Students of Philosophy Association (SoPhiA) executive represents your interests and can help you connect with other students through various events and activities. SoPhiA also houses a lending library!

The Inclusivity Project was created in 2014 to establish more inclusive spaces in the department and promote greater diversity and solidarity within the philosophical community.

The Sophia Review​ is a journal published by students in Philosophy. Its goal is to provoke theoretical engagements with contemporary phenomena and lend insight into our shared condition.

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