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Honours in Philosophy

60 credits

The Honours in Philosophy program is designed to provide a rigorous grounding in major topics and historical periods of philosophy. It gives you excellent training in reading, writing, speaking, and analysis of concepts and arguments. Honours in Philosophy is normally required for doing a graduate degree in philosophy. The program consists in 60 credits, taken in three stages. Stage I is normally 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, once in the Major program, to the Undergraduate Honours Advisor 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 2023-2024 academic year.

Stage I - 15 credits

  • PHIL 214 Deductive Logic
  • PHIL 220 Introduction to Philosophy of Science OR PHIL 263 Introduction to Epistemology OR PHIL 265 Introduction to Metaphysics
  • PHIL 232 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 260 Presocratics and Plato
  • PHIL 261 Aristotle and Hellenistic Philosophy

Stage II - 27 credits

  • PHIL 330 Contemporary Ethical Theory OR PHIL 342 Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 360 Early Modern Philosophy I: 17th Century
  • PHIL 361 Early Modern Philosophy II: 18th Century
  • 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 OR PHIL 380 Chinese Philosophy: From Han to the 19th Century
  • 12 PHIL elective or cognate credits (4 courses) at the 300 or 400 level*

Stage III - 18 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: Cognitive Science
  • PHIL 441 Philosophical Foundations of Biology
  • PHIL 463 Current Research in Epistemology
  • PHIL 464 Advanced Studies in Epistemology
  • PHIL 465 Current Research in Metaphysics
  • PHIL 467 Advanced Studies in Metaphysics
  • PHIL 489 Phenomenology

One course from the following:

  • PHIL 429 Values and Biotechnology
  • 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 Origins of 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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