Undergraduate Philosophy Programs
The Philosophy Department offers a wide range of undergraduate programs. To discuss your particular program, please consult an advisor (see right). In order to declare any program in Philosophy, the only requirement is that you have an SFU Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
Here are links to this semester's official calendar requirements and description for each program, with unofficial checklists to help you follow your progress below (click to expand each heading):
Major in Philosophy
The Philosophy Major provides students with a solid education in philosophy and with analytical skills useful for works accross all disciplines. At the lower division, students receive an introduction to the major areas of study in philosophy. At the upper division, students build on their philosophical foundation with in-depth study of philosophical topics. Areas of focus may include: History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, and Logic.
The department also offers a Major Concentration in Law and Philosophy. The Concentration in Philosophy and Law is a specialized path for those who intend to pursue an education and career in Law. By focusing on topics in Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy, Ethics, and Moral Theory, the Concentration in Law is directly applicable to legal theory and policy courses, giving students a strong background and a head start in Law school. Successful completion of a Major in Philosophy with a Concentration in Law will result in a special creditation on your transcript.
Honours in Philosophy
The Honours in Philosophy program is for students who are capable of self-direction and who wish to pursue advanced work in philosophy with the benefit of individual attention. Acceptance into the program is by application (available in the department office).
Joint Major in Philosophy and Health Sciences
The Philosophy and Health Sciences Joint Major allows students to combine their interests in Health and Disease, Global Health, Public Health, and Health Policy with study in Health Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy, in addition to acquiring a foundation in Epistemology and Metaphysics. Students interested in Philosophy of Mind, Agency, Ethics, and Social and Political Philosophy may find this program especially appealing.
Joint Major in Philosophy and Humanities
The Philosophy and Humanities Joint Major allows students to explore in depth the relationship between Philosophy and the Humanities. Students receive a solid grounding at the lower level of key areas of Philosophy and the great texts and key ideas of Humanities. The program is flexible at the upper division to allow students to tailor a program to suit their interests.
Minor in Philosophy
The Minor in Philosophy is designed for students who are completing a major in another department, school, or program. With a solid grounding in core courses at the lower division, and flexibility in course selection at the upper division, the Minor allows students to tailor their program to a particular interest, for example law, language, natural or social science, history of ideas, social theory, value theory.
We also offer a new concentration for your Minor: Law and Philosophy (designed especially for students who want to be well prepared for Law School).
Double Minor in Philosophy
The Double Minor in Philosophy is designed for students who wish to complete a philosophy minor in addition to another minor in a different department, school, or program (without a major). The Double Minor ensures that students receive a solid foundation in key areas of Philosophy at both the lower and upper divisions, but there is room for program customization as well.
Extended Minor in Philosophy
The Extended Minor in Philosophy is ideal for students who want a more robust foundation in Philosophy than a minor would provide, but who do not wish to complete a major. At the lower division, students study Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, Logic, and the History of Philosophy, while at the upper division, students can tailor the program to suit their interests.
The Ethics Certificate allows students to combine an interest in Justice and Law, Business and Economics, Global Justice, Health, or the Environment with study in Ethics.
Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate
The aim of the Certificate is to provide students majoring in the sciences that are traditionally associated with natural philosophy (such as the natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, psychology, cognitive science, etc) with the opportunity to gain philosophical insight into key questions concerning the methodology and practice of science and to acquire core critical and philosophical reasoning skills while doing so.
These checklists are provided for information only and are not official documents. It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of faculty regulations as stated in the Calendar (see links to the most recent Calendar at each Philosophy Program above). Departmental and faculty advisors and staff are available to give advice and guidance. However, the ultimate responsibility for completeness and correctness of course selection, for compliance with and completion of program and degree requirements and for observance of regulations and deadlines rests with the student.
Important note: Your Major/Minor is governed by the requirements stated in the Calendar for the term in which you declared the respective program.