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8.23 Department of Philosophy
Head: Rhonda Martens
Campus Address/General Office: 450 University College
Telephone: 204 474 6878
Email Address: 

Philosophy@umanitoba.ca

Website: 

umanitoba.ca/philosophy

8.23.1 Program Information

Philosophy is composed of several areas of study: these include logic, metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, and aesthetics. Philosophers use the tools of rigorous logic and clear conceptual analysis. Their goal is to understand things such as the nature of reason, the physical universe, right and wrong, the human mind, and sometimes even the meaning of life. There are good arguments and bad arguments. Training in philosophy will help the student not only consider these important questions but also to improve his or her clarity of expression and ability to think critically.

For entry, continuation and graduation requirements for the General Degree, Advanced Degree and Honours Degree, see Section 3: Basic Faculty Regulations for the B.A. General, Advanced and Honours Degree Programs.

Major Program

For entry to the Major, the prerequisite is a grade of “C” or better in six credit hours in Philosophy. For students who have taken additional courses toward the Major, then a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required on all courses including the higher grade of repeated courses and excluding failed courses.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses that comprise the Major is required to graduate including the higher grade of repeated courses and excluding failed courses.

The General Major may consist entirely of courses numbered beyond the 1000 level.

Minor (Concentration) Program

For entry to the Minor (Concentration), the prerequisite is a grade of “C” or better in six credit hours in Philosophy.

The Minor (Concentration) may consist entirely of courses numbered beyond the 1000 level.

Honours Program

For entry to the Honours program, see Section 3: Basic Faculty Regulations for the B.A. General, Advanced and Honours Degree Programs.

8.23.2 Philosophy

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

GENERAL MAJOR TOTAL: 30 CREDIT HOURS

  • 6 credit hours of PHIL at or above the 1000 level
  • 3 credit hours of PHIL at or above the 1000 level
  • 6 credit hours from History of Philosophy courses listed below
  • 15 credit hours of PHIL at or above the 2000 level

 

SINGLE ADVANCED MAJOR TOTAL: 48 CREDIT HOURS

  • 6 credit hours of PHIL at or above the 1000 level
  • PHIL 1300
  • 39 credit hours of PHIL at or above the 2000 level that include:
    • 12 credit hours from History of Philosophy courses listed below
    • 9 credit hours from Metaphysics and Epistemology courses listed below
    • 9 credit hours from Value Theory courses listed below
    • 9 additional credit hours of PHIL

Of the PHIL courses listed above, a minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken at or above the 3000 level

DOUBLE ADVANCED MAJOR TOTAL: 42 CREDIT HOURS

  • 6 credit hours of PHIL at or above the 1000 level
  • PHIL 1300
  • 39 credit hours of PHIL at or above the 2000 level that include:
    • 12 credit hours from History of Philosophy courses listed below
    • 9 credit hours from Metaphysics and Epistemology courses listed below
    • 9 credit hours from Value Theory courses listed below
    • 3 additional credit hours of PHIL

Of the PHIL courses listed above, a minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken at or above the 3000 level

MINOR (CONCENTRATION) TOTAL 18 CREDIT HOURS

  • 6 credit hours of PHIL at or above the 1000 level
  • 3 credit hours of PHIL at or above the 1000 level
  • 9 credit hours of PHIL at or above the 2000 level

 

SINGLE HONOURS

  • 6 credit hours of PHIL at or above the 1000 level
  • PHIL 1300
  • 51 credit hours of PHIL at or above the 2000 level that includes:
    • 12 credit hours from History of Philosophy courses listed below
    • 9 credit hours from Metaphysics and Epistemology courses listed below
    • 9 credit hours from Value Theory courses listed below
    • 21 additional credit hours of PHIL

Of the PHIL course listed above, a minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken at the 4000 level, and an additional 9 credit hours must be taken at or above the 3000 level.

  • 24 credit hours of Ancillary Options
  • 12 credit hours of Free Options

DOUBLE HONOURS

  • 6 credit hours of PHIL at or above the 1000 level
  • PHIL 1300
  • 33 credit hours of PHIL at or above the 2000 level that includes:
    • 12 credit hours from History of Philosophy courses listed below
    • 9 credit hours from Metaphysics and Epistemology courses listed below
    • 9 credit hours from Value Theory courses listed below
    • 3 additional credit hours of PHIL

Of the PHIL course listed above, a minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken at the 4000 level, and an additional 3 credit hours must be taken at or above the 3000 level.

  • 36 credit hours from the second Honours Field
  • 6 credit hours of Ancillary Options
  • 12 credit hours of Free Options

History of Philosophy courses

Course number

Course title

Credit hours

PHIL 2300 

Political Philosophy 

PHIL 2612 

A Philosophical History of Science 

PHIL 2630 

Continental Rationalism 

PHIL 2640 

British Empiricism 

PHIL 2650 

Plato 

PHIL 2660 

Aristotle 

PHIL 2710 

Twentieth-Century European Philosophy: Existentialism

3

PHIL 2790 

Moral Philosophy 

PHIL 3580

Kant

3

PHIL 4520

Historical Topics

3

 

Metaphysics and Epistemology courses

Course number

Course title

Credit hours

PHIL 2140

Theory of Knowledge

3

PHIL 2150

Mind and Body

3

PHIL 2160

Fundamentals of the Philosophy of Language

3

PHIL 2200

Intermediate logic

3

PHIL 2580

Metaphysics

3

PHIL 2612

A Philosophical History of Science

3

PHIL 2614

Philosophy of Science

3

PHIL 2770

Philosophy of Art

6

PHIL 3630

Contemporary Epistemology

3

PHIL 3650

Contemporary Metaphysics

3

PHIL 4490

Philosophy of Mind

3

PHIL 4510

Philosophy of Language

3

PHIL 4630

Symbolic Logic

3

 

Value Theory courses

Course number

Course title

Credit hours

PHIL 2190

Philosophy and Sexuality

3

PHIL 2300

Political Philosophy

6

PHIL 2710

Twentieth-Century European Philosophy: Existentialism

3

PHIL 2730

Fundamentals of the Philosophy of Religion

3

PHIL 2770

Philosophy of Art

6

PHIL 2790

Moral Philosophy

6

PHIL 2800

Contemporary Political Philosophy

3

PHIL 2840

The Ethics of War and Peace

3

PHIL 2860

Philosophy of Law

3

PHIL 2870

Philosophy and Law

3

PHIL 3430

Problems in Legal Philosophy

3

PHIL 3440

Problems in Social and Political Philosophy

3

PHIL 3760

Topics in Moral Theory

3

 

Note: Courses that appear in more than one distribution lists can count towards only one area in satisfying program requirements.