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What will I learn?

The Department of Philosophy helps students develop abilities to engage in productive, reflective, and theoretically informed philosophical study and dialogue. We guide students through explorations of key concepts and practices across a pluralistic range of philosophical fields and figures; we foster practices of careful and critical philosophical inquiry, questioning, argumentation and idea articulation; and we cultivate responsible approaches to written and oral discourse, including the ability to consider and respond to ideas and arguments that challenge one’s own. The department recognizes philosophy to be a resource for working on vital concerns including social justice and equity, ethical demands such as those pertaining to our environment and health, as well as a site for exploring and questioning the structures and implications of human meaning making in activities such as logic, art, science, politics and beyond.

Our department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, as well as three distinct Minors: Philosophy; Ethics and Political Philosophy; and Environmental Ethics. Philosophy majors also often pursue a double major; common choices for a double major include political science, English, history, mathematics, and computer science. Students who have pursued a philosophy major are valued in professions such as law, medicine, government and others for their abilities to think and communicate clearly, to respond creatively to critical problems, and to deal thoughtfully with a range of issues pertaining to human nature and values.

Philosophy Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Philosophical Knowledge
PLO 1: Students will be able to identify and articulate ideas pertaining to a range of important philosophers, movements, and philosophical positions.

PLO 2: Students will be able to differentiate and compare diverse perspectives and traditions within the history of philosophy and in contemporary philosophy.

Philosophical Skills
PLO 3: Students will demonstrate the following abilities verbally and in writing:
• the ability to interpret texts
• the ability to explain theories
• the ability to identify and evaluate arguments
• the ability to offer critical responses to philosophic positions

PLO 4: Students will develop skills to engage in productive, theoretically informed dialogue, including the abilities to explain philosophical issues critically; develop comprehensive, logical and well evaluated analyses or syntheses of philosophical problems; and acknowledge and respond to challenges presented by other’s positions.

Philosophical Applications and Engagement
PLO 5: Students will be able to correlate and comment on the relevance of philosophical ideas and movements to questions and problems arising in practical life. (These connections may include the ability to use philosophy and philosophical methods to inform choices and actions in personal, professional, and civic life; to identify and interpret contemporary issues and crises; to reflect on vital issues humanity has faced in the past, etc. Students may additionally or alternatively be able to demonstrate this ability by engaging philosophy in some form of outreach work, experiential learning, or other practical application outside of the classroom.)

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$34,080.00 per year
The above undergraduate costs are based on 15 credit hours per semester, for a total of 30 credit hours per academic year
Application deadline

1 November 2022

Start date

17 January 2023

Venue

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

5774 Stevens Hall, Room 100,

ORONO,

Maine,

04469, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A graduating high school student (regardless of number of college credits taken while in high school) or a high school graduate or GED recipient who has attempted fewer than 12 college credits after graduation and is applying to a four-year bachelor’s degree program

For international students

A graduating high school student (regardless of number of college credits taken while in high school) or a high school graduate or GED recipient who has attempted fewer than 12 college credits after graduation and is applying to a four-year bachelor’s degree program.

TOEFL (including the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition) – minimum score of 79 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based test) .

TOEFL Essentials – minimum score of 8.5. .

IELTS (including the IELTS Indicator online test) – minimum score of 6.5. .

PTE (Pearson Test of English) – minimum score of 53. .

DET (Duolingo English Test) – minimum score of 105.

Application deadline - Fall Admission: March 1; Spring Admission: November 1

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

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