Degree programs


General information

Philosophy courses may be taken simply as general arts electives or to fulfill a Minor, Major, Honours, or multidisciplinary program. Students wishing to complete a program in philosophy should choose courses based on the regulations below.

Further information, including course descriptions, is available in the University Calendar.

For a list of courses offered in the current academic year, please check the Courses section of this website.

Major

Honours

Minor

Note – The Honours program and the Major program both require completion of the Arts Core:

  1. 6h in English at the 1000 level
  2. 6h in a single language other than English; students whose first language is not English or who can demonstrate a high level of competence in a language other than English may substitute a second 6h in English.
  3. 6h in economics, political science, or sociology
  4. 6h in art (not 2013, 2023, 3013, 3023), classics, comparative religion, history, philosophy, or music (not applied, vocal or instrumental methods, or practical studies)
  5. 6h in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science

Arts Core requirements are to be included in the first 60 credit hours of all arts programs.

Exception: Students whose First Major is in the Faculty of Science and who choose to complete a Second Major in Philosophy (see below) need not complete the Arts Core.

B.A. Major program

  1. The Arts Core (30h)

Major requirements (42h); courses offered to satisfy Major requirements must be completed with a grade of "C–" or better:

  1. 6h of Phil at the 1000 level
  2. 2006 (Ancient Philosophy) or both 3513 (Plato) and 3533 (Aristotle)
  3. 2016 (Early Modern Philosophy)
  4. 6h from among 2303, 2306, 2713, 3203, 3213
  5. 2813 (Logic 1) or 2823 (Logic 2)
  6. 2913 (Philosophy of Science)
  7. An additional 12h of Phil, which must include 6h at the 3000 level or above
  8. A minimum of 24h to satisfy minor requirements in a single subject or in multidisciplinary studies. Only 6h at the 1000 level may be offered toward minor requirements in one subject.
  9. Elective courses to complete a total of 120h
  10. At least 96h must be taken in the Faculties of Arts and Science.

Second Majors may take a 36h major comprising 6h of Phil at the 1000 level; 2006 or both 3513 and 3533; 2016; 6h from among 2303, 2306, 2713, 3203, 3213; and an additional 12h of Phil, which must include 6h at the 3000 level or above. Note: Students whose First Major is in the Faculty of Science may complete a Second Major in Philosophy without completing the Arts Core.

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B.A. Honours program

  1. The Arts Core (30h)

Honours requirements (54h); courses offered to satisfy Honours requirements must be completed with a grade of "B–" or better:

  1. 6h of Phil at the 1000 level
  2. 2006 (Ancient Philosophy) or both 3513 (Plato) and 3533 (Aristotle)
  3. 2016 (Early Modern Philosophy)
  4. 2306 (Ethics)
  5. 2823 (Logic 2)
  6. 2913 (Philosophy of Science) or 3553 (Contemporary Analytic Philosophy)
  7. 3113 (Kant: The Critique of Pure Reason) or 3223 (Kantian Practical Reason)
  8. 4996 (Honours Thesis)
  9. An additional 15h of Phil which must include 6h at the 3000 level or above
  10. A minimum of 24h to satisfy minor requirements in a single subject or in multidisciplinary studies. Only 6h at the 1000 level may be offered toward minor requirements in one subject.
  11. Elective courses to complete a total of 120h
  12. At least 96h must be taken in the Faculties of Arts and Science.

Minor program

  1. May be combined with any Bachelor's degree program at Acadia
  2. Requires 24h of Phil, only 6h of which may be at the 1000 level
  3. Courses offered to satisfy Minor requirements must be completed with a grade of "C–" or better.

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