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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
Middletown, CT, United States
Doing philosophy means reasoning about questions that are of basic importance to the human experience -questions like, What is a good life? What is reality? How can we know anything? What should we believe? How should our societies be organized? Philosophers critically analyze ideas and practices that often are assumed without reflection.
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Overview

Philosophers at Wesleyan approach our subjects with tools from a range of traditions of inquiry, and we offer a wide variety of perspectives on the deep and perplexing questions that are central to the study of philosophy.

We divide our courses into three levels (introductory, intermediate, and advanced) and three broad subject areas (historical, value, and mind and reality). Introductory classes are suitable for all students, including prospective majors. Intermediate classes tend to have prerequisites or in other ways may be unsuitable for first-year students. Advanced classes are typically aimed at majors in philosophy and other relevant disciplines. Historical courses focus primarily on philosophical texts, whether within a period, across periods or traditions, or by a single philosopher. Courses in the value area primarily address ethical, political, aesthetic, cultural, or religious practices and norms. Mind and reality courses look at issues related to language, mind, reasoning, knowledge, and the nature of reality. The three subject areas are by no means mutually exclusive.

There are two tracks within the Philosophy major – the general philosophy track and the social justice track.

The general philosophy track allows students to be exposed to a range of issues and approaches from various historical periods in both the East and the West.

The social justice track recognizes that philosophers since antiquity have not only asked questions about what social institutions are needed to achieve justice, but have also worked as social reformers to promote social justice. Philosophical methods of conceptual and contextual analyses and careful argumentation provide important tools for grappling with real world injustices. The social justice track allows students to develop their philosophical skills to address questions of human rights, equality, and social responsibility.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Rights Across Cultures
  • Political Philosophy
  • Paternalism
  • Political Economy of Developing Countries
  • Politics and Political Development in the People’s Republic of China
  • Justice and Reason
  • History of Political Philosophy
  • Ethics of Captivity
  • Critical Perspectives on the State
  • America in Prison: Theater Behind Bars

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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General Requirements

  • Completed Common Application, including Wesleyan’s member-specific questions
  • Secondary School Report and official high school transcript(s)
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Mid-year Grade Report
  • Two Teacher Evaluations—applicants are encouraged to submit one teacher recommendation from a humanities and social science teacher and one from a math or science teacher
  • $55 Application Fee (non-refundable) or Fee Waiver
  • Interviews – Not required, but highly recommended as they allow exchange of information between student and University.
  • Supplemental Materials – Pieces of work that are relevant for the music, theatre or visual arts programs shall be submitted only when applying for such bachelors or masters degrees.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50942 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    52174 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52174 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Middletown

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Student Loans:

  • First Year: $3,500
  • Sophomore: $4,500
  • Junior: $5,500
  • Senior: $5,500

Federal Perkins Loan:

  • 5% fixed interest
  • Ten-year repayment begins nine months after graduation.
  • Deferments are granted while you are in college and for graduate or professional study or for economic hardship as defined by the Department of Education.

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