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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Dearborn Heights, MI, United States
Philosophy uses reason to reflect upon the most basic and profound questions that human beings can ask. Does life have a meaning? Is there a God? What is truth? How ought one to live one's life? Learn more in the Philosophy program of University of Michigan-Dearborn.
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Philosophy calls on the power of reason to investigate the world and ourselves, but it is far more than an intellectual exercise. As a student in the Philosophy program of University of Michigan-Dearborn, you’ll learn to think and write critically about society’s very foundations — from the conceptual building blocks of the arts and sciences to the ideas that underlie modern social and political institutions.

Not only will you become a sharp thinker and persuasive writer, the study of philosophy is excellent preparation for graduate and professional school. In fact, philosophy students are more successful in being admitted to law and medical schools than students from almost any other field.

What Will I Learn?

  • Develop the ability to think critically and clearly, and to demonstrate this ability through the analysis and writing of well-reasoned argumentative essays.
  • Become familiar with some of the major figures, ideas, and arguments in the Western philosophical tradition.
  • Engage in formulating your own ideas and developing the skills necessary to articulate these ideas.
  • Develop the ability to consider opposing views and to assess the logic inherent in these views.
  • See that philosophical theories underlie political systems, scientific theories, controversies in law, and indeed in theories about every aspect of reality.
  • Develop a sense of intellectual integrity and a commitment to truth, as distinct from what is merely fashionable, popular, or politically convenient.

Plan for Life After Graduation

Philosophy prepares students with the skills necessary in the modern workplace. Work a Humanities/History internship or CASL Co-op into your schedule to gain professional experience.

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:

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Marxist Thought
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Myth, Magic, and Mind

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Submitted online application
  • Official high school academic documents
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12240 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12240 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5928 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dearborn Heights

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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