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Philosophy (BA (Hons))

"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."

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Is It for You?

What is the purpose of life? What are our obligations to one another and the environment?  What is the nature of truth, knowledge, power and justice? In this program, students pursue these and other fundamental questions of philosophy that have been contemplated for centuries and remain relevant today. You will learn to ask better questions, develop stronger arguments and write more clearly, and can participate in independent and group study, public dialogue and lectures, applied community projects and more. Membership in the Ryerson Philosophy Club is also an option. Ultimately, you will develop the knowledge needed to make a difference in today’s society.

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

 Non-Academic Requirements

 Experiential Learning
Senior project

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2020 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 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 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.

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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