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Philosophy (BA (Hons))

"In philosophy, you acquire a set of skills that include critical thinking, effective communication, fostering curiosity. And these are skills that can be applied in any number of different settings, disciplines, institutions, and they are actually of value for future employers."

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Is It for You?

What is the purpose of life? What is the nature of truth, knowledge, love, power and justice? Pursue these and other fundamental questions that philosophers have contemplated for centuries, yet remain relevant today. Learn to ask deeper questions, develop stronger arguments and write clearly. Acquire the knowledge needed to understand the meaning of human existence and help solve social problems. You will graduate ready to apply analytical skills in a knowledge-based economy.

This is one of 10 bachelor of arts programs that share a one-year foundation.

Double major options available after first year: Philosophy and English, or Philosophy and History.

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What You Need to Know

 Faculty
Faculty of Arts

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

 Grade Range
70-74%*

 Non-Academic Requirements
None

 Experiential Learning
Senior project

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2021 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 2020/2021

Domestic Fees Range: $7,044 - $7,112
International Fees Range: $28,635 - $29,021

For detailed fees information visit Tuition and Fees by Program.

Academic 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 prerequisite 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.

After Graduation

You’re ready to apply analytical skills and philosophical intellect to a knowledge based economy and conduct critical analysis in public, private and non-profit sectors such as education; business; health-care; environmental advocacy; politics; and law. You may work as a program analyst, research associate, account manager, project manager, writer, ethics and compliance officer, risk analyst, corporate social responsibility officer, governance and control consultant, or arbitration and mediation associate. You may also choose to pursue a master’s degree in philosophy or professional programs such as education and law.

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