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Programs in philosophy

Minors  |  Single and double majors  |  Honours

Before you begin

See the timetable for the current philosophy course offerings.

Course timetable   Undergraduate calendar

If you are taking philosophy for the first time, you should choose courses numbered in the 1000s and 2000s. Many of these will be paired in the first and second terms for time-tabling convenience.

You can take a philosophy class in any year, as long as you meet the prerequisites:

1000 courses: General introductory courses.

2000 courses: Courses in specific areas of the subject. They are usually taken by people who have already done some philosophy. However, they have no formal prerequisites and are often taken by students beginning the subject who have some special interest or other reason for taking them. They may be taken by first year students.

3000 courses: Prerequisite: six credit hours in philosophy or the permission of the instructor, is prerequisite.

4000 courses: Prerequisite: 12 credit hours in philosophy or the permission of the instructor.

Courses offered at St. Thomas University: You may take courses offered by STU’s Department of Philosophy for credit at UNB. You will need permission from both universities’ philosophy departments.

Minors

Students from any degree programs may take one of our minor programs. We require a minimum grade of C in each course.

Minor in philosophy

The minor consists of two 1000 level courses and any other 18 credit hours in philosophy.

Minor in ethics

This minor consists of two 1000 level courses and 18 credit hours from 2201, 2202, 2203, 2204, 2205, 3201, 3202, 3203, 3211-19, 3221-29, 3231-39.

Minor in the history of philosophy

This minor consists of Phil 2301, 2302 and 18 credit hours from 2303, 3301, 3302, 3303, 3304, 3311-19, 4301, 4311-19.

Certain courses in the Department of Classics and Ancient History and in the Department of Philosophy at STU may also be included with the approval of this department.

Minor in ancient philosophy

This minor includes the completion of 24 credit hours of courses offered by the Department of Classics & Ancient History and the Department of Philosophy.

It consists of:

  • Six credit hours of introductory Philosophy (PHIL 1101, 1201,1202, 2201, 2204, 2301, 2302, 2303)
  • Six credit hours of Ancient Languages (GRK 1203/1213 or LAT 1103/1113) or any other six credit hours of Greek and/or Latin
  • Six credit hours of advanced Philosophy, including at least one of PHIL 3301 and 3302
  • Six credit hours of advanced Classics courses, including at least one of CLAS 3703, 3723 and 3733

Single and double majors

The major in philosophy consists of:

  • PHIL 1301 (or 2301), 1302 (or 2302)
  • at least one of PHIL 1101 or PHIL 3101
  • 27 credit hours of advanced courses (3000 and above)

At least one course from each of the three streams of ethics, history of philosophy and metaphysics/ epistemology must be taken while maintaining a minimum grade of C or better in all philosophy courses.

Honours program

Single honours

Your program must include:

  • PHIL 1301 (or 2301) and 1302 (or 2302)
  • at least one of PHIL 1101 or 3101 (though honors students are strongly encouraged to take 3101)
  • 36 credit hours in advanced courses in philosophy (3000 and above)
  • at least one course from each of the three streams

Students must obtain a grade of B in all required courses counting as fulfilling their honors requirements in Philosophy.

Joint honours

Your program must include:

  • PHIL 1301 (or 2301) and 1302 (or 2302)
  • at least one of PHIL 1101 or 310
  • 24 credit hours in advanced courses in philosophy
  • at least one course from each of the three streams

For single and joint honors, up to 12 credit hours in related courses in other departments may be counted as credit hours in philosophy with the approval of the department.

Questions?

For more information on the philosophy minor or any of the major or honours programs, contact Dr. Ronald Weed, Undergraduate Advisor, or Dr. Robert Larmer, Departmental Chair.