Philosophy / Philosophie

About Program Admission Requirements

Philosophy helps sharpen your ability to analyze, to question accepted beliefs and to express ideas clearly. The critical thinking skills acquired in studying Philosophy are highly transferable: students consistently outperform others on standardized exams for law, medical, business and graduate schools.

Small classes = big advantage

Discussion in our small classes will help you develop a better understanding of different points of view and to become a better thinker, debater and writer. Philosophy majors are encouraged to participate actively, ask questions and argue for or against the theories and ideas that have been presented; this prepares you exceptionally well for a career in law, medicine, teaching, diplomacy and more.

La philosophie vous aide à affiner votre capacité de réflexion, à questionner vos croyances et à exprimer clairement vos idées. La pensée critique que vous acquerrez en étudiant la philosophie est très utile dans d’autres disciplines : les étudiants en philosophie obtiennent régulièrement des résultats supérieurs aux autres étudiants aux examens d’entrée dans les facultés de droit et de médecine, les écoles de commerce et les programmes d’études supérieures.

De petites classes = une grande différence

Grâce aux discussions dans nos petites classes, vous serez mieux à même de comprendre des points de vue divergents, vous penserez avec plus de rigueur, vous ferez mieux valoir vos idées lors de débats et vous les défendrez mieux à l’écrit. Les étudiants qui font une majeure en philosophie sont encouragés à participer activement aux cours, à poser des questions et à défendre leur point de vue en faveur ou contre les théories et les idées présentées : ceci constitue une excellente préparation en vue de carrières dans le droit, la médecine, l’enseignement, la diplomatie ou d’autres domaines.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Reason and Feeling in Modern Philosophy
  • a language course (depending on language level, you would take French as a second language course, an English as a second language course or a discipline course taught in your second language)
  • Law and Social Thought
  • Moral Questions and Social Policies

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • lawyer
  • doctor
  • diplomat

Internationalize your degree

The iBA degree program reflects York's commitment to internationalization and requires you to acquire an international language and to gain international experience on exchange at one of York University's partner institutions abroad. You will benefit from enhanced interdisciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge, which are important components of the department's academic focus. Visit the International program page for more information.

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.