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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #38 (ARWU) Boulder, CO, United States
The Philosophy Department offers a five-year program that leads to the concurrent awarding of both the BA and MA in philosophy. Students who successfully complete this program receive the two degrees simultaneously, normally at the end of their fifth year of study.
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The undergraduate degree in philosophy emphasizes knowledge and awareness of:

  • some of the principal philosophical texts in the history of western philosophy, from its beginnings in Greece to the late 19th century;
  • some of the main currents in 20th century philosophy, including some acquaintance with contemporary philosophical issues and modes of inquiry;
  • a single major author or a single philosophical movement; and
  • elementary formal logic.

In addition, students completing the ­major will develop the knowledge and skills to:

  • form reasoned opinions about the issues—moral, religious, political, etc.—that educated people debate;
  • understand, analyze and evaluate complex arguments and theories;
  • distinguish between the main thrust of an argument or position and what is ancillary to it;
  • discover and critically examine the underlying presuppositions of major systems of ideas or programs for action;
  • see important connections between different systems of ideas or programs for action;
  • explain difficult ideas and concepts in an informed, effective and coherent manner;
  • develop a thesis and present a coherent argument for it;
  • write a clear and coherent essay; and
  • engage in rational and productive discussion of issues and arguments.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    33 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Symbolic Logic
  • History of Ancient Philosophy

For more information, please visit program website.

Program Tracks:

  • Values and Social Policy Track
  • Law and Society Track

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

General required materials:

  • Application
  • $50 application fee ($70 for international students)
  • Essays

Additional Required materials for freshmen & international freshmen:

  • Letter of recommendation
  • High school transcript or equivalency
  • SAT or ACT score

Tuition Fee

  • International

    59312 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59312 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    53504 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53504 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    28750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28750 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boulder

  • 950 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • Students seeking financial aid are required to apply every year using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Undergraduate Student Loans:
  • Subsidized loans are need-based and do not have interest accruing while you are in school or in deferment.
  • Unsubsidized loans may or may not be based on financial need and interest accrues while you are in school or in deferment.
  • Perkins Loan Program – $5.500/year
Graduate Student Loans:
  • Graduate/Professional Students have an annual loan limit of $20,500 and a lifetime loan limit of $138,500.
  • Perkins Loan Program - $8.000

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