If you are the kind of person who asks “Why do you think that?”, the kind of person who wants to know the reasons we believe what we do, Philosophy will help you to pose those questions and seek answers in a systematic and organized way.


The Philosophy program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a major, a minor, and a certificate in ethics. You can start this program at either the Burnaby or Surrey campus.

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

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Admission requirements for Philosophy

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12, please see the program specific requirements listed for 2020. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: BA Philosophy


You may add the minor program to any major program. Speak to your faculty advisor.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Accountant
  • Administrative/Management Staff
  • Art Critic
  • Biographer
  • Biomedical Ethics Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Counsellor
  • Critical Analyst
  • Director
  • Doctor
  • Financial Advisor
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Historical Museum Administrative Assistant
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Police Officer
  • Politician
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Theologist
  • Writer