What will I learn?

Philosophy is one of the fundamental domains of human thought. It grows out of basic life questions, including questions of ethics, religion, politics, and science. The study of philosophy has had an historic role in the core of sound education, because it helps sharpen skills of careful, independent thinking and aids people of all ages in defining their most important values and beliefs. The examination of great philosophical ideas, and the emphasis on clear reasoning and personal development that are involved in philosophy serve as a strong foundation for life, regardless of one's career objectives.

The Department of Philosophy offers students the following opportunities for a rich and rewarding undergraduate experience: the traditional B.A. philosophy major, the pre-law option, the religious studies option, and the philosophy minor. The department provides ample opportunity for individual attention and student participation in its activities, e.g., student Philosophy Club, symposia, colloquia, etc.

What You Can Do

  • Continue education with a goal of achieving a degree in law
  • Pursue advanced degree in religion or a religious vocation
  • Pursue careers in government or business

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Self, Religion and Society
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Twentieth Century Philosophy
  • Contemporary Conflicts of Morals

What You Can Learn

  • Major religions of the world, their traditions, teachings, influential texts, methodological and comparative approaches
  • Prominent political philosophies and contemporary issues of politics and public policy
  • The fundamental concepts and problems of moral theory
  • Feminist approaches to philosophy and to specifically philosophical approaches to gender.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (120 units)

Tuition fees
US$18,469.00 per year
USD $1,665 Per Semester for 0-6 units; USD $2,871 Per Semester for 6.1 or more units; Nonresident tuition fee: USD $396 per unit
Application deadline

Expected July, November 2022

Start date

18 January 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Humanities

2380 E. Keats MS/MB99,

FRESNO,

California,

93740, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students with High school or secondary and higher secondary or equivalent. For admission consideration, a minimum 2.5 Fresno State converted and weighted GPA is required.

For international students

A high school diploma or passing the California High School Proficiency Examination or complete a General Education Development program (GED).

English language Score: TOEFL – 61 iBT, or IELTS – 6.0 or with 5.5 Band score in each section, or ELS Language Centers - Level 112, or Pearson's Test of English – 45. Application Deadlines: Fall - July 1 and Spring - November 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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