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Faculty of Humanities and Education

Department of History and Philosophy


BA Philosophy

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About the Programme

Philosophy is concerned with sustained reflection on central questions of human existence and experience. It provides an opportunity for the study of, and reflection on, questions which have puzzled and concerned us, like:
  • Who are you and why are you here?
  • How should you treat others?
  • What is the best way to organise society?

What Will I Study?

The Philosophy Major you are undertaking requires you to complete at least 36 credits (12 courses)

By studying Philosophy, you will gain invaluable transferable skills such as:
  • developing your capacity to use critical thinking skills;
  • being open to new ideas and ways of thinking;
  • unearthing assumptions and nuances in arguments that may not be seen by others; and
  • being able to coherently express your ideas orally or in writing.

Career Opportunities

The preparation that the Philosophy BA programme provides equips its graduates to in several professions, including
  • law,
  • public relations,
  • medicine,
  • journalism,
  • the civil service,
  • teaching,
  • editing

Why Study in Barbados

Our degree is internationally recognized with our graduates going on to do postgraduate work at universities worldwide. We offer a quality learning environment with small class sizes taught by full-time international faculty in an unbeatable, safe tropical setting.

We welcome local, international and regional students.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Undergraduate
  • Qualification: BA
  • Duration: 3 Years (Minimum)


Programme Details

The Philosophy BA consists of 36 credits or 12 one-semester courses of three (3) credits each. In addition to the 36 credits, students must complete PHIL3099: Research Paper in Philosophy, which is six (6) credits.
Courses that we offer include:

Four (4) Level I courses of which three must be:
PHIL1002 Introduction to Ethics and Applied Ethics
PHIL1003 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL1300 Critical Thinking and Informal Logic

Five (5) Level II courses of which three must be:
PHIL2003 Philosophy of Mind
PHIL2901 Problems of Knowledge
PHIL2904 Philosophical Logic

Three (3) Level III courses.

Requirements for the Minor in Philosophy
For the Minor in Philosophy, students will be required to take six (6) courses for eighteen (18) credits, distributed as follows:

Level I

1. PHIL1003 Introduction to Philosophy

Level II

2-4. Any three (3) Level II Philosophy courses

Level III

5-6. Any two (2) Level III Philosophy courses

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We offer low tuition fees and several scholarships and financial aid are available. Choose a payment plan that fits your education budget. Visit Student Financing Website »

Applications are accepted from November to February. However, expressions of interest are accepted ALL year. Visit the Admissions website to view Entry Requirements »