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Philosophy (BA)

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Why study Philosophy?

Philosophers reflect on some of the world’s most serious problems: the basis of ethical action, human rights, global justice or our relationship with the environment. Or they ask questions about what the mind, knowledge, science, identity, gender and sexuality really are. Whatever the issue, philosophers learn how to analyze ideas and arguments, and reason well. They also make discoveries about the history of ideas and how this shapes the way we think about contemporary life.

Studying philosophy will open your eyes to these deep ideas and questions, teach you to analyze them with philosophical insight and rigour, to read, write and reason well, and build skills for speech and debate. As you reflect on the assumptions that inform our social, political, and scientific practices, you will think about, and relate to, the political, social and natural world in an entirely new way.

An undergraduate degree in philosophy is the stepping stone to graduate studies or a wide variety of careers that require critical thinking, careful writing, or superior communication skills.

Program Details

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90–120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


  • Honours in Philosophy (60 credits)
  • Major in Philosophy (36 credits)
  • Minor in Philosophy (24 credits)

Learn more about each option in the Undergraduate Calendar

Honours programs: Students applying directly to an honours program should list it as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program (i.e. specialization or major).

We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available for the fall term only.

You've sent your application from: Fall term deadline Winter term deadline
 Inside Canada March 1
Certain programs have extended their deadlines. Please check program availability.
November 1
Not all programs are available for this term.
Please check program availability.
Outside Canada (International)  February 1    September 1

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

Sample classes

  • Deductive Logic
  • Aristotle and Hellenistic Philosophy
  • Contemporary Ethical Theory
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • 20th Century Continental Philosophy

See all classes & read course descriptions in the Undergraduate Calendar

Course sequence
See the course sequence by academic year of admission into the program

International exchange program

We encourage you to participate in our exchange program in philosophy at the University of Münster (Germany), for more information please see our student exchange section and contact the Department Assistant.

You may also contact Concordia International for information about exchanges at other universities.

Here are other information resources for you:

  • The class schedule is available in your portal.
  • Checklists for our MajorHonours, and Minor programs. Use these to make sure that you have all the courses you need. For the Major and Honours, it is especially important to make sure you take the courses listed in Stage I of each program in your first year.
  • Please be sure to consult the Undergraduate Calendar online or through your portal.  This calendar is your guide regarding University rules and policy. 
  • See important academic dates and important information about dropping courses.

For more information about our undergraduate programs, please contact the Undergraduate Program Assistant by e-mail or phone at 514-848-2424, ext. 2500.

For any issues requiring academic advising, please contact the Undergraduate Academic Director by e-mail.

Many Philosophy graduates pursue graduate studies. Others establish careers in teaching, law, public service and administration, publishing, journalism, editing, library science, research, medicine or business administration. Learn more about the job market for philosophers.

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