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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
California, MD, United States
Philosophy is an enterprise of both mind and spirit, offering a disciplined exploration of the large questions of life and existence. The Philosophy program at California Lutheran University is an excellent major (or double major) for students who are pre-law or who are considering graduate degrees in philosophy, political science, theology, or bioethics.
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Expand your mind with experience

Several of your courses will include experiences that take you away from campus and into the heart of your subject.

For example, the upper-division class Chinese Philosophy and Culture visited His Lai Temple as part of their research on Buddhist rituals, images, and architectural design. This was coupled with a trip to San Gabriel Square (a Chinese shopping district) to explore Chinese medicines, fashions, and food. In this way, students could integrate their understanding of Chinese philosophy and culture with contemporary practices of worship and daily living.

Pursue your passions through the lens of philosophy

Internships are offered through independent study or departmental honors courses, and are initiated through dialogue with faculty. Because of this one-on-one relationship, you have the opportunity to combine other interests with your academic pursuits.

One student, a competitive horse rider, studied the way horses were trained and stabled, read books and articles on show horse training, and integrated this with conversation and reading on general philosophical ethics and the ethical treatment of animals in particular.

Your Future

A Philosophy program at California Lutheran University is highly valued in a variety of fields because of its interdisciplinary nature. Hospitals, government agencies, legal, non-profit organizations and business corporations seek out people with a philosophical education for their training in clear and focused thinking. You will also be well prepared should you choose to further your philosophy education through a graduate program.

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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:

  • Problems in Philosophy
  • Logic
  • Political Philosophy: Ancient to Modern
  • Ethics
  • Metaphysics
  • History of Philosophy
  • Social Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete Your Application & Essay
  • Request Recommendation
  • Submit Application Fee
  • Transcripts
  • English Proficiency
  • Optional Interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    45500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 45500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    45500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 45500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for California

  • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
    Living Costs

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