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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
Based on reason and rooted in wonder, philosophy takes on life’s big issues. With a philosophy degree from Eckerd, you’ll learn to reason, write, discuss and debate with logic and conviction, taking part in active philosophical discussion and argument on issues of genuine importance.
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Western philosophy began with a desire to know the nature of things and the order of the cosmos. Under Socrates, it turned inward toward the soul, human excellence, and the human community. During the Middle Ages, philosophy developed a close relationship to the deep concerns of Islamic, Jewish, and Christian theologies. During the Renaissance and Enlightenment, it celebrated our humanity, especially our creative and scientific achievements. Since the Nineteenth century, philosophy has explored new modes of thought, yet has at the same time sought to rediscover, build upon, and transform its own traditions.

The philosophy discipline at Eckerd College sees itself as continuing this activity of rediscovery and transformation of Western thought, with an openness to the exploration of non-western philosophies as well. Students of philosophy at Eckerd have extensive opportunities to encounter the wealth of the great ages of philosophy, as well as to gain a working knowledge of the most recent philosophical approaches. But we see this as merely preparatory to the real task of addressing the urgent philosophical questions that face us. Is religious faith still possible today for an intelligent and critical person? How should each of us go about choosing an ethic to live by? What should count today as a just society, and what manner of political community will the next century call for? What kinds of thought and community will allow us to address the ecological crisis? What is the more reliable model for our most important decisions: science or poetry?

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Logic
  • Introduction to Eastern Philosophy
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Philosophical Topics
  • Introduction to Symbolic Logic
  • Existentialism
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • History of Philosophy: Early Modern
  • History of Philosophy: Ancient
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Philosophy and Film
  • Aesthetics

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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Eckerd College Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official Test Scores (SAT or ACT): SAT code: 5223/ ACT code: 0731
  • Official High School Transcript and/or G.E.D. results
  • Admission Recommendation Letter
  • Personal Essay

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42428 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42428 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Saint Petersburg

  • 1132 - 1750 USD/month
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