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Department of Philosophy
Prospective Students

Why Study Philosophy at Ryerson?

The great philosophers throughout history have taught us the importance of questioning everything. Questions about the meaning of life, the nature of beauty, the foundations of political power, the existence of God, the concepts of right and wrong, the essence of reality itself and our knowledge of it - these all lead us closer to understanding who we are and the world around us.

Ryerson University is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, and the Philosophy Department reflects the diversity and vitality of the city. Our small, young department is composed of 16 full-time faculty members, enabling us to develop close working relationships between students and faculty.

It is not surprising that more and more employers are attracted to graduates who have had a philosophy background: not only is the study of philosophy an excellent way to improve critical reasoning, communication, and writing skills, it also cultivates innovative and independent thinkers who understand the big picture, and can engage creatively with the world around them.


  • To learn more about why employers are attracted to philosophy graduates, see our Careers Page.
  • To learn more about the different ways you can study philosophy at Ryerson, visit our undergraduate or graduate information pages.
  • To apply for our programs, go to the undergraduate or graduate admissions pages.


High school philosophy Teachers and guidance Counsellors

We would love to connect with you!

  • We can arrange to give guest lectures in your Grade 11 and 12 Philosophy classes.
  • We can also set up campus visits, so that your students can sit in on a university lecture in philosophy and meet with our faculty and students in person.

Please contact us if this interests you and your students.
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