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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Salem, IL, United States
The BS in Philosophy at Salem State University will teach you how to critically analyze and evaluate arguments, how to effectively communicate diverse points of view, and how to apply the tools of philosophical analysis to contemporary problems and debates. 
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Overview

Students pursuing a degree in philosophy not only learn valuable skills that will help them in their careers. They also learn to ask important questions about how to live and live well, what it means to be a citizen in today’s world, and how to engage in a dialogue with positions and views different from their own.

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is a 30-credit major program which includes courses in the history of philosophy, logic and critical reasoning, ethics, and a variety of specialized courses such as the philosophy of Happiness, Existentialism, and the philosophy of Love and Sex. Students take 12 credits of required courses, 6 credits within specialized areas of ethics and logic, and 12 free electives in upper-level courses of their choosing. It is designed to work well with a second major, and a degree in Philosophy complements most other degree programs. Our major is supported by a developing internship program, and it includes a capstone course resulting in a senior thesis which prepares students well for the job market or graduate school.

Students in the major develop valuable skills. You will learn how to critically analyze and evaluate arguments, how to effectively communicate diverse points of view, and how to apply the tools of philosophical analysis to contemporary problems and debates. If Socrates is right that the unexamined life is not worth living, then it is equally true that the practice of reflection is the practice of living. 

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

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:

  • History of Western Philosophy I: Antiquity & the Middle Ages
  • History of Western Philosophy II: the Modern Era
  • Ethics
  • Senior Seminar
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Symbolic Logic I: Propositional Logic
  • Symbolic Logic II: Predicate Logic
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Reality and Knowledge
  • Logic 

  • Metaphysics and epistemology 

For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    71

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    550

    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 the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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