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Major in Philosophy

36 credits

The Major in Philosophy is designed to provide a sound, basic understanding of the major topics in, and historical periods of, philosophy, with less stringent requirements than the Honours program. It provides thorough training in reading, writing, speaking, and analysis of concepts and arguments. The program consists in 36 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.

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

The following program requirements are for students admitted as of this 2023-24 academic year.

Stage I - 15 credits

  • PHIL 210 Critical Thinking OR 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 - 9 credits

  • PHIL 360 Early Modern Philosophy I: 17th Century
  • PHIL 361 Early Modern Philosophy II: 18th Century
  • 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

Stage III - 12 credits

  • 6 PHIL elective credits (2 courses) any level*
  • 6 PHIL elective credits (2 courses) at the 400 level*

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

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