People study philosophy not only for its intrinsic interest, but often for the transferable skills it teaches, skills that can be applied to other academic disciplines and endeavours.

Work in philosophy enhances communication skills, critical reasoning skills, and general problem-solving skills, in addition to helping students organize and unify information they may have learned in a piecemeal way in other courses.

Programs offered by the Department of Philosophy include the Major, Minor, and Honours in Philosophy as well as  the combined majors in:

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Admission to the Honours program requires an application. Students are encouraged to apply to the department by the end of their second year. A recommendation from a philosophy instructor is also required.

The major or minor can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have third-year standing.

If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact the department.


Daniel Munro & Jenna Omassi: Transforming Knowledge

Arts Undergraduate Society executives Daniel Munro, Vice-President Academic, and Jenna Omassi, Conference Coordinator, believe that there is real value in undergraduate Arts research. Recognizing that there are limited opportunities for students to showcase their academic work at UBC, Daniel and Jenna successfully created the inaugural Arts Undergraduate Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, hosted in January 2014.

Miriam Sabzevari: Award-winning video takes UBC student international

Philosophy student Miriam Sabzevari’s submission to the World Bank Essay Competition (Video Category), a short cartoon on immigration and visible minorities in Canada, came in first place and won her an all-expenses paid trip to Paris, where she participated in the ABCDE alongside other student winners to discuss youth immigration and global economic development.

Mace Mateo and Meghan Price: Global issues up close and personal

What exactly is global citizenship? For UBC students Mace Mateo and Meghan Price, it means being ruthlessly honest about their role in developing countries. After visiting an orphanage while living in Guatemala last term, Mateo and Price questioned “poverty tourism.” “We asked ourselves whether our presence actually helps anyone in those situations, or are we there more for ourselves?”

Prof Catherine Wilson,Philosophy

A Philosophy Professor, Catherine Wilson researches 17th and 18th Century History and Philosophy of Science, (18th-20th C.) Moral and Social Theory, Philosophy of Literature, Epistemology and Theory of Science.

Dr. Alan Richardson: BS and Philosophy

Professor Alan Richardson knew that as soon as he had gotten fan mail for an essay he’d written for a book titled Bullshit and Philosophy that he had reached the status of pop culture philosopher icon.


Department of Philosophy
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Tel: 604-827-0027

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