What distinguishes philosophy from the physical and social sciences is its concern not only with the truths that are discovered by means of specialized methods of investigation, but with the implications such discoveries have for human beings in their relations with one another and the world. Moreover, philosophy has an abiding interest in those basic assumptions about the nature of the physical and social world, and about the nature of enquiry itself, which underlie our scientific and practical endeavours.


    Admission Information

    • Bachelor of Arts Programs:
      • Apply to the Humanities admission category on the St. George campus
      • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
      • Bioethics:  Senior High school Biology is recommended
      • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits
    • Bachelor of Science Programs:
      • Apply to the Physical and Mathematical Sciences admission category on the St George campus
      • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English and Calculus and Vectors are required
      • Senior high school physics is recommend
      • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


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    First-Year Courses

    • PHL 100Y1 – Introduction to Philosophy


    Advice for First Year

    Students who are interested in enrolling in a philosophy program are advised to take PHL 100Y1. Students interested in bioethics are also encouraged to enrol in BIO 120H1 – Adaptation and Biodiversity and BIO 130H1 – Molecular and Cell Biology.



    Undergraduate philosophy has long been considered a central part of a liberal arts education. It provides basic skills in logical thinking and analysis, familiarity with major moral outlooks and problems, and an overview of human existence and reality.

    Philosophy, especially formal and informal logic with their emphasis on argument, is an excellent preparation for law school.

    For a few, philosophy will be preparation for graduate study and teaching, and many organizations and businesses hire philosophy students because of their training in critical analysis and argumentation.

    Those interested in teaching at the university level must acquire a PhD in philosophy. It takes four to five years, including two years of course work, and a doctoral dissertation (a major piece of research and writing).

    Professional philosophers tend to find careers as university and community college teachers.

    Philosophers in the area of applied ethics, such as biomedical ethics, often find careers as clinical ethics consultants in hospitals and health care centres.  


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