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The Philosophy Major at KPU provides students a broad-based, general education in the principal areas of Western Philosophy. Philosophy majors will complete courses in logic, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and history of philosophy.
The program is expressly set up to satisfy a variety of additional pedagogical and intellectual objectives, chief among these being the development of critical reasoning and writing skills, both in general and with regard to specialized research in the discipline.
Philosophy majors at KPU will experience a learning environment that is supportive and challenging. It is one that prepares students for graduate work in philosophy. It develops effective citizenship, community leadership, and the critical reasoning, writing, and problem-solving skills required for successful careers in any area.
The Bachelor of Arts Major in Philosophy provides students the opportunity to build a sturdy educational foundation in one of the core areas of the Humanities. All Philosophy majors take a course in formal logic at the 1000-level.
At the 2000-level, five courses in philosophy are obligatory: Moral Theory (the study of the nature of right and wrong), Metaphysics (the study of the nature of reality), Epistemology (the study of the nature and limits of knowledge), Ancient Greek Philosophy, and Modern Philosophy.
Upper-level students will have the following options:
to take smaller, more participatory courses in Special Topics in Philosophy; to pursue an Applied Ethics Stream by taking specially designed courses in Business, Environmental, and Biomedical Ethics; to participate in a Practicum course where research and work skills are enhanced; and to apply to a selective sequence of honours courses with a focus on researching and writing an honours thesis.
Total Credits: 120
Graduation from high school (secondary school) or completion of 24 or more undergraduate-level credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
Applicants without an English 12 may be able to present IELTS, TOEFL or other tests.
2_ English Proficiency
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Score of 70 or higher with no sub score less than 60, taken within the last two years from the term of admission
Language Proficiency Index (LPI): Level 5 with an essay score of 30 or higher, taken within the last two years from the term of admission
Duolingo English Test: Score of 110 or higher, taken within the last two years from the term of admission.
On April 21, 2020 changes to the English Proficiency Testing Options for Admission were approved by the Senate Executive Committee.
Effective immediately, on a temporary basis until in-person testing resumes, applicants may satisfy KPU's University Preparatory English Proficiency Requirements as follows:
Duolingo English Test: Minimum score of 95, taken within the last two years from the term of admission, for admission to Pathway 3
Duolingo English Test: Minimum score of 85, taken within the last two years from the term of admission, for admission to Pathway 2
Duolingo English Test: Minimum score of 65, taken within the last two years from the term of admission, for admission to Pathway 1 or the Diploma in English Language Proficiency
Professions that are of particular relevance to philosophy include law, business, government, social work, and health management. Philosophy is also valuable preparation for law school as well as post-graduate studies in the humanities, social sciences, and/or natural sciences.
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