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Studying Philosophy gives students an opportunity to engage with some of the world’s most influential thinkers, from the time of the ancient Greeks up to the present day. It helps students learn to reason effectively, write persuasively and speak knowledgably about a wide range of social, historical, scientific and technical issues. Core courses include lecture and seminar courses in logic, ethics, politics, metaphysics and epistemology, as well as in the philosophy of science, the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of law and the history of philosophy. A philosophy major helps prepare students for careers in law, journalism, education, business, government and other areas. At UBC Okanagan, students can complete a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) with a major or minor in philosophy. 

Major in Philosophy

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of at least 9 credits of PHIL_O courses;
  • In the Philosophy courses completed, an overall average of at least 70%.
Major in PhilosophyCredits
Foundational Requirements              21
Distribution Requirements12
Program Requirements48
300/400-level Electives18
Electives any level21
Total Credits120

Note: Some program requirements may be applied to Foundational and Distribution requirements; see B.A. requirements.   

Program Requirements


First and Second Years1Credits
PHIL_O 220                                              3
PHIL_O 2303
PHIL_O 2453
100/200-level PHIL_O9
Total 100/200-level credits18


Third and Fourth YearsCredits
PHIL_O 3453
One of PHIL_O 309, 3103
One of PHIL_O 314, 3153
One of PHIL_O 451, 4463
One of PHIL_O 425, 4603
Additional 300/400-level PHIL_O15
Total 300/400-level credits30
Program Requirement Total Credits48

1 At least 9 credits of PHIL_O must be completed before being admitted to the major, with an overall average of at least 70% in these courses. 

Minor in Philosophy

To complete a Minor in Philosophy, students must accumulate no fewer than 30 credits in Philosophy out of the 120 credits required for the B.A. degree. At least 18 of these credits must be numbered 300 or above.

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