The Philosophy Department offers honours, major and minor programs, a concentration in Law and Philosophy, and two certificates (see Philosophy Programs for more information). We also have an active Philosophy Student Union, which has organized a range of forums for philosophical discussion (including a karaoke night!) and runs weekly meetings for all students enrolled in a PHIL class. Contact them through Instagram @phil_sfu or email.
Many philosophy courses can also be counted towards a Certificate in Ethics, a Certificate in Philosophy and Methodology of Science, or a Certificate in Liberal Arts. All of our 100 level courses carry various WQB designations that can be used towards degree requirements. The Philosophy program is also closely related to the Cognitive Science Program, as well as the Humanities Department.
"...not just cramming you with a bunch of facts..."
- All 100 division courses improve skills in critical thinking, logical analysis and clarity of expression. 100 division courses have no prerequisites, may be taken in any order by any student in any faculty, and teach some of the most important philosophical problems, perspectives and methods. All 100 division courses bear on particular problems and subjects encountered in other areas of study.
- The 200 division courses are slightly more advanced with more specific subject matter. It is recommended, but not mandatory, that students wishing to enrol in a 200 division philosophy course have completed 15 credit hours of university work or equivalent. (PHIL 201, 203, and 221 have additional prerequisites.)
- For 300 and 400 division courses, students normally must have at least six credit hours of lower division philosophy before taking upper division. However, for those majoring in other departments who have a keen interest in a particular upper division course, this requirement may be waived by the department. 400 division courses are more advanced than 300 division courses (there is more reading, the reading is more difficult, and more writing is required). Students should take at least two 300 division courses before enrolling in a 400 division course.
Mr. Jay Leardi
Office: Office: WMC 4604
Mr. Leardi handles program declarations, course enrollments and withdrawals, program requirements, general advising and administrative issues. You can e-mail your questions or to make an appointment. E-mail is the preferred form of communication and will be answered promptly (include student ID#).
Program Advisor, Ethics Certificate
Dr. Endre Begby , Interim Department Chair
Office: WMC 4627
Dr. Begby can advise on course selection and certificate options. To declare the certificate, please see Mr. Leardi (contact details on the left).
Dr. Tom Donaldson
Office: WMC 5603
Dr. Donaldson can advise on course selection and help you set up a program that suits your interests. To declare any program, please see Mr. Leardi (contact details on the left).
Program Advisor, Methodology of Science Certificate
Dr. Holly Andersen, Graduate Chair
Office: WMC 5611
Dr. Andersen can advise on course selection and certificate options. To declare the certificate, please see Mr. Leardi (contact details on the left).