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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #190 (BCR) Tallahassee, FL, United States
The undergraduate program in Philosophy at Florida State University is designed to enable students to gain an understanding of the substantive issues philosophers have struggled with through the ages. 
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Students majoring in Philosophy at Florida State University can expect to develop their abilities to engage in critical examination and evaluation. Such skills have proven to be of great value in almost any type of human endeavor. The program serves as a basis for professional training in other fields, such as law, education, politics, journalism, or theology, or as foundation for future professional training in philosophy. The department offers degree programs at all levels, including an accelerated combined bachelor's/master's degree program.

The department participates in the honors program, as well as the undergraduate programs in the following departments or programs: women's studies, humanities, Latin American and Caribbean studies, political science, international affairs, and religion. In addition, it offers more than ten courses in the University's Liberal Studies for the 21st Century Program.

Students have considerable latitude to design the content of a major that meets their needs and interests. For example, a student might focus primarily on ethics; on social and political philosophy; on logic and philosophy of science; on the history of philosophy or some distinct period such as ancient, modern, or contemporary; on epistemology; or on cognitive studies. Many students will find it possible to combine a major in philosophy with a major in another discipline. The department welcomes such arrangements.

The department's distinguished faculty is actively engaged in teaching, research, writing, publishing, and editing. Students majoring in philosophy can be assured that not only will they receive an excellent education in the history of philosophy but they will also have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the latest developments in the discipline. The journal Social Theory and Practice is edited and published by the department.

The department offers regular colloquia in which local faculty, graduate students, and guests from other universities present papers and lead discussions on philosophical topics. In addition, the department regularly sponsors conferences; topics have included biomedical ethics, moral education, philosophy of language, color, Wittgenstein, Plato, Aristotle, Kant, ethical theory, history and philosophy of science in science teaching, human rights, virtue and social diversity, Kantian themes in ethics, and philosophy of biology. Werkmeister conferences on a variety of topics are held annually.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Reasoning and Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Symbolic Logic
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Plato and His Predecessors
  • Aristotle to Augustine
  • Ethical Theory
  • Introduction to Philosophy of Language
  • Knowledge and Belief
  • Philosophy of Mind

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General Requirements

  • Apply online in one of three ways: our institutional application, The Common Application, or The Coalition application. Students should only submit one application.
  • Submit the following items on the Application Status Check:
    • Self-report all ACT and/or SAT test scores.
    • Choose one of five essay questions and upload your essay.
    • Upload one resume.
    • Self-report official English Proficiency Test Scores if your native language is not English.
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    721 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 721 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    216 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 216 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Tallahassee

  • 955 - 1350 USD/month
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