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Philosophy (BA)


Philosophy (BA)

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Our students come to us for many reasons and with various aims: they want to know more about meaning, values, society, mind and reality.

They want to explore, in-depth, ideas about right and wrong, what there is in the world, and ponder the limits of what we can know.

They want to think more clearly, carefully and conscientiously, about themselves and about the world they live in.


Program Highlights

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  • A flexible program that covers the foundations of knowledge and reality, values and society, and the history of philosophy, but which still gives a wide range of choices to suit your particular interests.
  • Courses in underrepresented fields such as non-Western philosophies, feminist theories, and environmental philosophy.
  • The opportunity to acquire the ultimate set of transferable skills: critical thinking, argumentation, close reading, and enhanced written and oral communication abilities.
  • Apply for our Bachelor of Laws (University of Sussex, UK) and Bachelor of Arts (Laurier) program, where you earn an honours Arts degree from Laurier and a law degree from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom in six years.

Sample Courses

  • Values and Society
  • Knowledge and Reality
  • Reasoning and Argumentation
  • Medical Ethics
  • Indian Philosophy
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Philosophy and the Environment
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Sex, Love and Friendship
  • Philosophy of Mind

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

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Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Legal Studies Option

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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