Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Did you know that studying philosophy is great preparation for law school, an MBA or other graduate studies? Philosophy majors regularly perform much better than average on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

This program is offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies on the Keele Campus.

Learn how to think, not what to think. Build a solid background in philosophy while developing the skills and mindset that are sought by many professions–the ability to debate and present an argument, think analytically and creatively solve problems.

Covering views that include western, east Asian, African and Islamic thought, our courses deliver a deep understanding of the field of philosophy. You’ll tackle life’s big questions and explore how the concepts of freedom, happiness and justice have evolved and been treated by great thinkers over time. 

Efforts are made to blend contemporary and historical issues and many of our professors draw their inspiration from widely separated philosophical approaches. In keeping with this, there is a great deal of cross-disciplinary work. The department offers a wide range of courses which examine contemporary problems and issues such as:

  • applied ethics
  • philosophy of mind
  • social and political philosophy
  • argumentation theory
  • feminism

In addition, courses are offered in the history of philosophy, continental thought, logic, philosophy of law and other traditional areas.

Philosophical skills are applicable in any area where arguments are important, not just in the realms of abstract speculation. They are particularly useful when you are writing essays, since you are expected to make a case for your conclusions rather than simply assert them.

  • We embrace countless avenues of thought and diverse ways of doing philosophy, blending emerging and historical perspectives and drawing inspiration from widely separated philosophical approaches.
  • We teach you how to think, not what to think.
  • Participate in Philosophia, York's student-run Undergraduate Philosophy Association, which sponsors readings, social events such as the 'Philosophy at the Movies' series and provides representation at departmental meetings.
  • You can also get involved with The Oracle, York University's undergraduate philosophical review. 


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Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

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Full-Time, Part-Time

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