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Philosophy (BA (Hons))

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, beauty, power and justice? Pursue the fundamental questions of philosophy that have been contemplated for centuries. Use understanding of the meaning of human existence to develop the knowledge needed to solve social problems.

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.

 Faculty
Faculty of Arts

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

 Grade Range
73-76%*

 Non-Academic Requirements
None

 Co-op Option
No

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for Fall 2019 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.

"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."

Distinctive Learning

Analytical and critical thinking; abstract reasoning and problem solving; independent and group study; public dialogue and lectures; Ryerson Philosophy Club; hands-on experiential learning that integrates philosophy with applied community projects.

After Graduation

Apply analytical skills and philosophical intellect to a knowledge based economy: conduct critical analysis in public, private and non-profit sectors; secondary or post-secondary teaching; ethical and policy analysis in health-care and environmental advocacy; politics, law or business. Pursue a master’s degree in philosophy or graduate work or professional certifications in other fields such as education and law.

What You Need to Know

Domestic Fees Range: $7,641 - $7,856
International Fees Range: $25,989 - $26,039

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

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.

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