Philosophy

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Train to be a better thinker and problem-solver by studying the ideas of eminent theorists, from the ancient masters to contemporary scholars. Studying philosophy will, among other things, allow you to examine and express ideas and arguments clearly, precisely, and logically.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Philosophy provides you with an understanding of the general intellectual landscape through the study of the ideas of eminent thinkers of the past and present. Studying philosophy will, among other things, allow you to examine and express ideas and arguments clearly, precisely, and logically. Philosophy is a good preparation program for careers in law, journalism, business, the civil service, as well as all forms of scholarly activity.

Experiential learning and research

You have the opportunity to participate in the annual Roger Watts Advocacy Debate as part of a student team, with prizes of $1,000 for the first-place finishers and $500 for the runners-up. In your coursework, you have abundant research opportunities, especially in upper-level courses. You have the option of two directed studies courses, where you will undertake a supervised investigation of an assigned topic, culminating in a major term paper. The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase student research projects.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
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