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Philosophy, B.A.

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  • 48 months
San Antonio, TX, United States
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from University of the Incarnate Word provides a broad orientation to the major branches of Philosophy (Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, and Logic) and to the various ways Philosophy has progressed throughout human history (through courses in Ancient, Medieval, Modern, and Contemporary thought and World Philosophy).
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he Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from University of the Incarnate Word offers special topics courses such as Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Bioethics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Film, Philosophy of Literature, Philosophy of Science and Technology, and Phenomenology and Existentialism. 

The primary goal of the program, however, is not merely to promote the mastery of philosophical content, but to help cultivate the philosophical spirit by nourishing students’ responsiveness to the wonder of being, their commitment to justice, and their overall capacity to explore philosophical issues with creativity and critical insight.


Because Philosophy is at the heart of the liberal arts experience, a B.A. in Philosophy allows students to synthesize insights from a wide variety of fields and to sharpen their critical and creative skills in the process. 

The study of Philosophy is excellent preparation for a number of careers including law, education, religious studies, government, art, library science, and business. Apart from its application to particular careers, Philosophy provides students with the opportunity to explore their own sense of personal identity and value, to broaden their views of and commitment to justice, and to deepen the moral and spiritual dimensions of their lives.

Detailed Programme Facts

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    Prospective freshmen are encouraged to apply by February 1st, however applications from qualified students are reviewed on a continuous, or rolling basis.

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • World Literature Studies
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Logic
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Contemporary Philosophy
  • World Philosophy

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • International Application
  • $20 Application fee (pay online by credit card or send the fee in with application packet as cash, check or money order)
  • Official Academic Records and Proof of Graduation in English (i.e. mark sheets, kardex, transcript) 
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Copy of passport and any visa you hold for the US

Tuition Fee

  • International

    425 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 425 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    425 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 425 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Antonio

  • 972 - 1510 USD/month
    Living Costs

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The University of the Incarnate Word offers a number of scholarships to first degree seeking undergraduate students.  All merit based scholarships are renewable for up to 4 years as long as a minimum grade point average of 3.0 is maintained.  All awards are given at the time of admission.

Freshmen Applicants

Students applying to university for the first time directly from high school.  Awards are given based on high school grades and SAT or ACT test scores.  The awards range from $8,000 - $20,000 per year. 

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