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Philosophy, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Philosophy program of Northwestern University offers a welcoming place to everyone wishing to study philosophy. From peer-tutoring programs in formal logic through undergraduate research to our yearly celebration of honors-students at our yearly PhilFEST-party, undergraduate involvement and inclusion is one of our top priorities.
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The Philosophy program of Northwestern University involves the critical discussion of the most fundamental questions asked by human beings. For example: What is the nature of space and time, or of causation? What constitutes a person’s identity over time? What is good and why? What are justice and freedom? What is knowledge, and is it possible for us to have it? What is truth and how do we establish it? Philosophers approach these questions insofar as they are not settled by what science and everyday life take for granted. They approach them by an open-minded, critical and rigorous examination of the reasons for alternative answers, and often make cognitive discoveries by finding new ones. The study of philosophy also aims to instill a certain set of skills. These skills are useful not only in answering distinctly philosophical questions like those above, but also in addressing any question that calls for clarity in one’s thinking and rigor in one’s reasoning.

Program highlights

The program will help students cultivate critical thinking and openness to the results of rational inquiry even if they force a change of mind, carried to the “big” questions. Classwork methodically develops critical reasoning skills, clarity in thought and language, and competence in synthesizing information into systematic, coherent arguments. These skills enable philosophy majors to excel on tests required for graduate and professional schools (e.g. LSAT, GRE) and to great careers. We support such pursuits with events on fellowships, career and graduate school and involvement in programs of excellence.

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:

  • Introduction to Existentialism
  • Introduction to Critical Theory
  • Philosophy, Race & Racism
  • Elementary Logic
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Language
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Natural Science

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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