Bachelor’s degree and major

The bachelor’s degree and the major are intended for students wanting to specialize in philosophy in their undergraduate studies. The purpose of both programs is to give students a solid, basic education in philosophy while enabling them to explore the various fields within the discipline and gradually discover what they enjoy most. To attain this twofold objective, the bachelor’s degree and major programs are built around nine core courses that introduce students to the primary fields of philosophy (ethics and political philosophy, ontology and metaphysics, logic, epistemology) and to the history of philosophy (Antiquity, Renaissance and Middle Ages, Modern and Contemporary periods). Our programs also offer an ample choice of optional courses grouped under four headings:

  1. The “Authors” courses permit students to work on one specific major author from our tradition (from Plato to Wittgenstein).
  2. The “Eras” group offers students an overview of each of the major periods of historical development in philosophy.
  3. “Traditions and Institutions” provides a pathway to studying some of the main movements that shaped the development of philosophy in the contemporary period (e.g. phenomenology or analytic philosophy).
  4. The courses in the “Fields” category present a rich palette of specialized courses in the major fields of philosophy: Political and Social Philosophy; Ontology, Metaphysics and Aesthetics; Logic, Philosophy of Language, of Mind, of Cognitive Science and of Neuroscience; Philosophy of Science; Ethics and Action Theory.

The bachelor’s and major programs both prepare students for master’s studies in philosophy (as long as the other admission conditions are also met). The two programs differ in terms of the degree to which they incorporate another specific discipline.