Philosophy

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Philosophy began by attempting to answer two deceptively simple questions: What can we know? How should we live our lives? These questions in turn gave rise to others, and by studying them you can enhance your communication skills, critical reasoning skills, and general problem-solving skills. UBC’s Vancouver campus has strength in history of philosophy and core areas of analytic philosophy, especially in philosophy of mind and philosophy of science.

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

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • 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 Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Philosophy offers not only its intrinsic interest, but also valuable transferable skills that can be applied to other academic disciplines and endeavours. Study in Philosophy enhances communication skills, critical reasoning skills, and general problem-solving skills, in addition to helping you organize and unify information that you have learned in other courses. You can select a Major, Minor, or Honours degree in Philosophy; a Major in History and Philosophy of Science; or a Combined Major with other programs.

Campus features

Hemlock is an online philosophy journal for undergraduate students published at the University of British Columbia.

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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