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Philosophy, B.A.

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University rank #571 (QS) , VT,
Philosophy from The University of Vermont is all about the here and now -- we help students develop the reasoning and analytical skills necessary to grapple with real-world contemporary problems.


The analytic and critical skills students of the Philosophy program from The University of Vermont develop as a result of grappling with philosophical problems are applicable to decisions that must be made, for example, in industry, debates on public policy, medical ethics, law, and education. On a more personal level, the study of philosophy can help you to understand yourself as a thinking, acting being. Socrates said that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” He meant especially to include self-examination. What beliefs are important to you, and how rationally defensible are those beliefs? What principles do you cite for the actions you perform, and do those principles stand up to scrutiny?

The UVM philosophy department is committed to providing enriching experiences outside the classroom that will challenge students to apply philosophical tools to important questions. Faculty encourage qualified students to pursue year-long College Honors thesis projects or independent study projects.

Students also have opportunities to bring current philosophical questions out of the academy and into the public square. Tyler Doggett, UVM associate professor of philosophy, is principal organizer of Public Philosophy Week held each spring. Typically the event includes at least a dozen discussions, presentations and readings that apply a philosophical lens to the ethics of food, immigration issues, animal rights, and many other issues.  

“We come up with a variety of venues and presenters,” explains Doggett. “We want to make it convenient for people to attend sessions and move the discussion away from the campus and into the community. It's also a great way for students to get involved and present their ideas and research."


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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Logic
  • Special Topics
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • History of Ancient Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Metaphysics
  • Chinese Philosophy 

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Official secondary school transcript sent directly to Admissions by your high school
  • Official translation of transcripts if not already in English
  • First quarter grades or mid-year grades if available
  • One letter of recommendation is required

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Tuition Fee

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    1674 USD/credit
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  • National

    664 USD/credit
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  • 1269 - 1890 USD/month
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