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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
South Bend, IN, United States
Philosophy at Indiana University South Bend emphasizes clear, critical, and logical thinking about philosophical problems by locating these problems in everyday experience and in the writings of the great philosophers.
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Philosophy at Indiana University South Bend also stresses reflection on established beliefs and values so that we can achieve a better understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live. The curriculum in philosophy is designed to contribute to the intellectual training of all undergraduates and to acquaint students with some of the most important developments in intellectual history. The curriculum is structured to meet the needs not only of those who want to become professional philosophers, but also of those who want to pursue philosophy as a personal interest or as a concentration area to complement study in another field.

Learning outcomes

The department offers courses both in philosophy and in the history and philosophy of science. It is one of several IU South Bend departments that offers courses in religious studies and in cognitive science. Students who wish to focus their study on philosophy and a related area (e.g., art, religion, women’s studies, a social or behavioral science, mathematics, a physical or biological science, or law) are invited to talk with any member of the department about the possible benefits of such options as a double major or a minor in philosophy, religious studies, cognitive science, or women’s studies.

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:

  • Social Philosophy 
  • Classics in Ethics 
  • Problems of Ethics 
  • Classics in Social and Political Philosophy 
  • Problems in Social and Political Philosophy 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Eight semesters of English or the language of instruction
  • Six to eight semesters of mathematics
  • Six to eight semesters of natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics)
  • Six semesters of social science (economics, government, history, psychology, or sociology)
  • Eight semesters of foreign language, fine arts, computer science, or technical skills

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9673 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    19346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9673 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3447 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for South Bend

  • 885 - 1440 USD/month
    Living Costs

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