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Philosophy (BA)

Double Majors: Philosophy and History, Philosophy and English

Program Overview


  • Full-Time, Four-Year

Degree Earned: Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Ontario Secondary School Students:
2017 Grade Range for Admission / Wait List Consideration
: 73-76%*

What is the purpose of life? What are our obligations to each other and the environment? What is the true nature of human knowledge, beauty, power and God? These are some of the fundamental questions of philosophy that have been contemplated for centuries by thinkers wanting to understand the meaning of human existence and to solve social problems. Ryerson graduates from this creative and reflective humanities discipline will have the intellectual insights and the analytical, critical-thinking, abstract-reasoning and problem- solving skills to excel in a variety of professional careers in our knowledge-based economy.

Double Majors: Applicants interested in the double major programs in Philosophy and English or Philosophy and History must apply for admission to one of the ten major programs (Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology or Sociology), or to Undeclared Arts. Students are not admitted directly to a double major.

The Faculty of Arts accepts applications for transfer to a double major program in the second semester of studies. Approved transfer students commence studies in the double major program in second year. Further details on the process will be provided by the Faculty of Arts during first semester.

This program selects students on the basis of academic achievement/grades only. Additional non-academic requirements are not required for admission consideration.

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for Fall 2018 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Fees Range: $7,419 - $7,641
International Fees Range: $24,792 - $24,842

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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70% or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/Anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred).

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.

"Becoming a good speaker, becoming a good critical thinker, becoming a good writer - those are really the skills that are necessary in all different areas of life. So no matter what you choose to do afterwards, I think you’ll be very successful at it."