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What will I learn?

Philosophy critically examines the most basic beliefs about the world and the place of people in it. Inquiry in philosophy grapples with such basic questions as: Can we be sure of our beliefs? What are the grounds for correct judgments? How do we distinguish between right and wrong? What is a person? Are we free or causally determined? Is there a God?

Philosophy strives to develop the ability to reason, to distinguish between good and bad arguments, to navigate through a maze of questions, to clarify puzzling concepts and to use logic in situations ruled all too often by prejudices.

The University requirements for bachelor's degrees is 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. The following Philosophy courses (36 to 40 credits): Ancient Greek Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Logic and Reasoning, Formal Reasoning, Logic and its Meta-theory, Ethics, Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy, Topics in 20th-Century Analytical Philosophy, Topics in 20th-Century Continental Philosophy, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Capstone for Majors (W).

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Letters

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$42,226.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2023

Start date

Expected January, August 2023


College of Arts and Letters

479 W. Circle Drive,



48824, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High school GPA is 3.5-4.0.

For international students

MSU strongly encourages a college preparatory curriculum in high school. High school GPA is 3.5-4.0.

Minimum English requirements

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-based test: score of 79 with no sub score below 17; International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Regular admission: Score of 6.5 or higher; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) - Minimum score of 53; minimum sub score requirement of 48.

Application submission deadline: Regular Admission: February 1.

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


About Michigan State University

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