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Honours Philosophy Program

PHILOSOPHY

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Undergraduate Program Options

The Department of Philosophy at McMaster offers numerous program options in Philosophy.


Please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for details regarding admission and course requirements for each of the aforementioned programs.

Honours programs (either Arts & Science program) require the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Philosophy can also be taken as a three-year B.A. program.

Students in other honours programs who complete at least 24 units of philosophy courses may be able to declare a Minor in Philosophy upon graduation.

Admission to the program in Level II requires the completion of any Level I program, which must include 6 units of Level I Philosophy courses, or if no such courses were taken, 6 units in a discipline acceptable to the Department of Philosophy.

Combined Honours Programs

In addition to the aforementioned programs, two special B.A. Honours programs allow students to combine Philosophy with science and math.

Honours Philosophy and Biology. This combination equips students with a solid grounding in biology, guaranteeing eligibility for needed courses. while enabling them to develop a philosophically informed perspective on issues arising in their study. In addition to the courses there are often lectures of interest in both departments’visiting speakers’ series, as well as the possibility of discussions with students and professors having similar interests. The program is administered by the philosophy department, where the contact person is Richard T. W. Arthur (rarthur@).

Philosophy and Math. This combination equips students with a solid grounding in mathematics while enabling them to develop a philosophically informed perspective on issues arising in their study. In addition to the courses there are often lectures of interest in both departments’ visiting speakers’ series, as well as the possibility of discussions with students and professors having similar interests. The program is administered by the philosophy department, where the contact person is Richard T. W. Arthur (rarthur@).

Specialized Minor in Commerce

Students in an eligible Humanities program can take almost all of the same core business courses a Commerce major would take, all while earning a degree in Humanities. This combination will give students an edge in their future careers as graduate who not only have a solid foundation in core business topics but who can also engage in critical, ethical, and constructive enquiry, work with and understand diverse customers and colleagues, develop persuasive arguments that are grounded in evidence, and communicate complex and thought-provoking ideas. By taking this combination at McMaster, students will also benefit from the faculty’s emphasis on Humanities as Leadership, an emphasis which will prepare them to excel and rise to the challenges of an ever changing society.