Department of Philosophy
Philosophy is the study of the principles underlying human conduct, thought and knowledge. It is about understanding right and wrong, truth and beauty and the meaning of life. Philosophy helps develop analytical skills, it trains students to express their thoughts and ideas clearly, and it involves asking questions about the world we live in, and the kind of world we’d like to live in. Philosophy is not about teaching you what to think, but how to think.
Is Philosophy for you?
Philosophy is for students who enjoy debating, asking questions about how to change the world and solving puzzles and problems using logic. It will help students who want to obtain a better understanding of how to evaluate arguments, while also learning how to develop arguments of their own. Philosophy is also for students who want the best possible preparation for standardized professional and graduate school admissions tests such as the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test), the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test), and the GRE (Graduate Record Exam).
Areas of Study
Philosophy courses begin by focusing on improving skills in critical thinking, logical analysis and clarity of expression. This opens the door for further work on social and political philosophy, deductive logic and reasoning, ethics and moral philosophy, and areas such as philosophy of language or philosophy of science.
Where can Philosophy take you?
- Media work in broadcast journalism and print
- Law and Criminal Justice
- Visual and performing arts
- Public administration
- Consulting firms
- International trade specialist or diplomat
- Government policy analyst or researcher, Public Service Commission of Canada
- Foreign Service Worker, Immigration Officer
- International development agencies and organizations
- Education and academia