Undergraduate Programs

Areas of Study

Most philosophy courses are intended for students majoring in other subjects who desire a well-rounded liberal arts education, as well as for philosophy majors. Minor, General, Honours, Combined Honours (Double Major), and Masters programs are available in Philosophy. Students who might want to take more than one philosophy course are advised to check the prerequisites of courses numbered in the 2000s and 3000s. PHIL 1100 or PHIL 1120 are good introductions to philosophy in general. 

Minor in Philosophy

Students in a three year program other than philosophy, or who are majoring in other subjects, can obtain a minor in philosophy.

Requirements: six Philosophy courses, including PHIL 1100, with no more than two at the 1000-level, and at least one at the 3000-level or above.

Major and Minor Concentrations - Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science (IAS)

Major Concentration:

(a) PHIL 1100;

(b) at least one of PHIL 2540, PHIL 2550, or PHIL 2570;

(c) PHIL 2730;

(d) PHIL 2760;

(e) at least one of PHIL 4700, PHIL 4710, PHIL 4720 or PHIL 4730;

(f) one of PHIL 2600, PHIL 2610, PHIL 2620;

(g) three additional 2000-level or above Philosophy courses;

(h) two additional 3000-level or above Philosophy courses;

(i) PHIL 4910

Minor Concentration: six Philosophy courses, including PHIL 1100 and at least one Philosophy course at the 3000-level or above. No more than two Philosophy courses at the 1000-level.

General Philosophy

A three-year general program is good for students who want, before entering the workforce, to start to consider the important questions about the assumptions and values of our society. You will obtain a good liberal education, plus training in analytic and critical thinking. It provides an excellant background for law or business.

Requirements: Total courses: thirty.

(a) twelve Philosophy courses, at least 9 of which must be at the 2000-level or above, including: PHIL 1100; PHIL 2210, PHIL 2730 and PHIL 2760;one of PHIL 4700, PHIL 4710, PHIL 4720, PHIL 4730; one additional 3000-level or above Philosophy course with '7' as middle digit; one Philosophy course with ‘5’ as the middle digit; one 2000 of PHIL 2600, PHIL 2610, PHIL 2620; four additional Philosophy courses, at least two of which are at the 3000-level or above.

(b) two courses from Social Sciences;

(c) two courses from Languages or Science;

(d) two courses from any area of study, excluding Arts.

(e) GART 1500, GART 1510;

(f) four courses from any area of study, including Philosophy;

(g) six other courses from any area of study, excluding Philosophy.

Courses used to calculate the major average are: courses listed under requirement (a).

Honours Philosophy

A four-year major in philosophy is ideal for students who want a more thorough and systematic study of the important questions about the assumptions and values of our society than the three-year program allows. As a rule, a four-year program is more in-depth that a three-year program. The one in philosophy also provides an excellent liberal education, and enhances analytic and critical reading, writing and thinking skills. It is excellent background for almost any professional program. It is also advised for students who might want to do a post-graduate degree in philosophy.

Requirements: Total courses: forty.

(a) twenty Philosophy courses, at least 18 of which must be at the 2000-level or above, including: PHIL 1100; PHIL 2210; one of PHIL 2500 or PHIL 2540; PHIL 2730 and PHIL 2760; one 3000-level Philosophy course with ‘5’ as the middle digit; PHIL 3760 and PHIL 4770; one of PHIL 4700 or PHIL 4710; one of PHIL 4720 or PHIL 4730; one additional 3000-level or above Philosophy course with ‘7’ as a middle digit; two of PHIL 2600, PHIL 2610, PHIL 2620, PHIL 3600, or PHIL 3520; PHIL 4910; six additional Philosophy courses, at least three of which are at the 3000-level or above.

(b) two courses from Social Sciences;

(c) two courses from Languages or Science;

(d) two courses from any area of study, excluding Arts.

(e) GART 1500, GART 1510;

(f) four other courses from any area of study, including Philosophy;

(g) eight other courses from any area of study, excluding Philosophy.

Courses used to calculate the major average are: courses listed under requirement (a).

Combined Honours

This is the best selection for a student who has a strong interest in another subject as well as in philosophical issues. It too provides an excellent in-depth education in both subjects, first-rate preparation for professional programs, and a good background for a post-graduate degree.

Combined Honours Philosophy Programs A student may combine Philosophy with any other area of study that also permits Combined Honours Programs.

Program Regulation: Students in combined programs must complete all courses used to calculate the major average for both subject areas, and GART 1500 and GART 1510. They must also complete the degree requirements, in the order presented to a total of forty courses. Example: If the total course requirements add up to 43 once the requirements for the second subject area are included, the degree requirements are to be completed in the order presented, until the student reaches a total of 40 courses.

Requirements: Total courses: forty.

(a) sixteen Philosophy courses, at least 14 of which must be at the 2000-level or above, and including: PHIL 1100; PHIL 2210; one of PHIL 2500 or PHIL 2540;one additional Philosophy course with ‘5' as the middle digit; PHIL 2730; PHIL 2760; one additional 3000-level or above Philosophy course with ‘7’ as the middle digit; one of PHIL 2600, PHIL 2610, or PHIL 2620; PHIL 4910; any five additional Philosophy courses, at least two of which are at the 3000-level or above.

(b) Course requirements-Other subject: courses used to calculate the major average in the other subject area, as prescribed by that area of study.

(c) GART 1500, GART 1510;

(d) two courses from Social Sciences;

(e) two courses from Languages or Science;

(f) two courses from any area of study, excluding Arts.

(g) additional courses from any area of study to a total of forty courses.

Courses used to calculate the major average are: courses listed under requirements (a) and (b).

All students should consult the University of Windsor academic calendar for about admissions requirements, undergraduate degree regulations, registration, and examination and grading procedure.