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Philosophy - BA (Hons)

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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. 

In this program you’ll learn to ask deeper questions, develop stronger arguments and write clearly. You’ll acquire the knowledge needed to understand the meaning of human existence and help solve social problems, and 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.

As well, at the end of your first year, you may apply for the Philosophy Co-op BA.

Program info

Faculty of Arts

Program format(s): 
Full time: 4 Year
5-Year Co-op

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Grade range: 
Low 70s1


Experiential learning: 
Co-op available

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 on the admission requirements page.

Tuition and fees range 2024-2025

For detailed fees information, visit tuition and fees by program.

Full-time format:

Ontario students: $7,239 - $7,264
Out-of-province students: $8,415 - $8,440
International students: $35,075 - $35,100

First-year courses

Here is a preview of first-year courses based on the available undergraduate calendar information.

1st & 2nd Semester


REQUIRED GROUP 1: One course from the following:

  • PHL 101 Plato and the Roots of Western Philosophy
  • PHL 110 Philosophy of Religion I
  • PHL 187 Classical Philosophy
  • PHL 201 Problems in Philosophy
  • PHL 212 Introductory Logic
  • PHL 306 Freedom, Equality, Limits of Authority
  • PHL 333 Philosophy of Human Nature
  • PHL 365 Philosophy of Beauty
  • PHL 366 Existentialism and Art and Culture
  • PHL 406 Issues of Life, Death and Poverty

REQUIRED GROUP 2: Four courses from Table I.

OPEN ELECTIVES: Two Open Electives.

Your future

Be ready to apply analytical skills and philosophical intellect to a knowledge based economy and conduct critical analysis in:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Health care
  • Environmental advocacy
  • Politics
  • Law
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Ethics
  • Project management
  • Risk analysis 
  • Graduate studies in philosophy or professional programs such as education and law

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  1. Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2024 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. TMU reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.


While every effort is made to ensure accuracy on this site, in the event of a discrepancy, TMU's current Undergraduate Calendar is the official reference.