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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Newport, RI, United States
The Philosophy program of Salve Regina University encourages students to ponder the question of life. When we ask our students to explain their own existence, they begin to comprehend the vastness of the world, with its litany of questions and observations.
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The curriculum of the Philosophy program of Salve Regina University provides students with intellectual insights and abilities that are valuable throughout life.

Our Program

Our program embraces a number of traditions from the West and the East. We draw on this enriching diversity while being sensitive to and supportive of the Roman Catholic heritage of the University’s tradition. The papal document Ex Corde Ecclesiae inspires our search for wisdom and our joy in sharing it with students.

We introduce students to philosophical issues in human life and cultivate their ability to apply philosophical methods to intellectual, moral and social problems. Such issues are complex and controversial, and, while there are no easy answers, it matters greatly which answers are accepted or decided on. Engaging in philosophy develops a critical mind, a balance of analytic and interpretive skills, and a capacity for the imaginative development of abstract formulations and their concrete application in human society.

Life After Salve

In addition to preparing students for the workforce, our philosophy program encourages them to explore the meaning of life in its deeper dimensions and consider how they might live out that meaning in the years ahead.

Philosophy is one of the most valuable degrees a graduate can take into the workforce. Employers value the problem-solving abilities that philosophy majors possess. And recent studies indicate that philosophy majors are some of the highest earners among those who hold bachelor’s degrees in the humanities.

Philosophy majors consistently rank high in graduate school admissions tests. Our graduates have completed advanced degrees in philosophy, international relations, management, theology, law and psychology.

Our graduates have pursued successful careers in law, teaching, business, counseling, publishing, government and social service. Positions have included:

  • Associate professor of neuropsychology, Lesley University
  • Ventures and edge technologies lead/senior associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Licensed mental health counselor, Integral Psychotherapy
  • Head of research and scholarly communication services, ‎University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Associate professor of English, University of Richmond
  • Senior portfolio advisor and senior financial advisor, Merrill Lynch
  • Mental health associate, UMass Memorial Medical Center

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:

  • Logic
  • Quest for the Good Life
  • The Pre-Socratics, the Sophists and Socrates
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Classical Political Philosophy
  • Plato

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Application and personal statement
  • Please submit an official copy of your secondary school transcript (in English) showing the courses and grades/marks you received for the most recent 3-4 years of schooling
  • The submission of SAT and/or ACT test scores is optional except for applicants to the nursing and education programs, who must submit official results
  • Two letters of recommendation are required
  • To confirm the spelling of your name and date of birth, we ask applicants to submit a copy of their passport photo ID page

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21110 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21110 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Newport

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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