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BA Philosophy

Philosophy is the study of ideas, important problems and puzzles, in which questions are approached through reflection and analysis, and also through interdisciplinary experimentation with fields like psychology and cognitive science. Join this programme from University of Arizona.

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Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: August, January, May
Tuition Fee: $37,116 per year
Location: Tucson, United States

Students in the Philosophy program from University of Arizona find study in the discipline provides insight into life’s fundamental concerns and helps develop a capacity for clear thinking and perceptive judgment. A Philosophy – General Track major will experience coursework in the history of philosophy; philosophy of the mind; ethics; metaphysics; and philosophy in the context of religion, culture and literature. History of philosophy covers ancient, medieval and modern philosophy.

Philosophy of the mind includes discussions about agency and autonomy, the mind/brain problem and the intersection of ethics and neuroscience and cognitive science. Ethics covers contemporary problems in business ethics, medical ethics, scientific ethics and legal ethics. Our course topics also include the philosophy of concepts including happiness, freedom, justice, morality, and consciousness.

Philosophy does not restrict you to a specific field after graduation because it instills problem solving, analysis, and logic skills that will be useful in a wide variety of career fields. The reading and writing foci of Philosophy help students excel in communication skills. Learning about multiple viewpoints leads students to work effectively in teams and in supervisory and administrative positions. Skills in problem-solving and analysis provide excellent foundations for executive and other leadership roles in any field.

Some additional suggestions for Philosophy graduates could be in advocacy, mediation, communications, education, or policy-making. Philosophy students who complete the General track are well prepared to pursue graduate work in philosophy at the Masters or PhD level, or graduate work in business or public policy; and the philosophy major continues to rank among the top preferred majors for law school.

Courses include:

  • Philosophy of Happiness
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Knowledge and Cognition
  • Metaphysics/Epistemology
  • History

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“Choosing the Master’s program for Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona was one of the best decisions I could have made in my education. Our department is warm and collaborative, offering an array of research topics and techniques underneath a vast and integrative umbrella of physiology. Beyond my research experience, I was presented with teaching opportunities, which I feel honed my skill of scientific communication. Having the dynamic research/teaching/class schedule not only kept me active but helped me reinforce material in multiple contexts. Overall, this program was exactly what I wanted in my segway into the medical sciences… and with my teaching assistantship paying for my tuition, how could I say no?”​

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