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BA Philosophy (Intensive)

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

76000 USD
76000 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Department of Philosophy
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)35
SAT (avg)600
ACT (avg)1500

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About this course

Philosophy covers a wide range of historical periods and fields. The BA program in philosophy is intended to acquaint students with some of the classic texts of the discipline and with the different areas of inquiry, as well as to train students in rigorous methods of argument. In addition to the standard major, the department offers two tracks. The intensive track option is for qualified students interested in small group discussions of major philosophical problems and texts. The option in philosophy and allied fields is designed for students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary program involving philosophy and some other field.

Admission to the intensive track requires an application, which must be submitted by the middle of the Spring Quarter in the student's second year. The application form is on the department wiki. The director of undergraduate studies and the assistant to the director of undergraduate studies will have "interview" meetings following the application deadline.

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Eligibility Criteria

The documents necessary for a valid application are mentioned in the "How to Apply" Section.

Transcripts, test scores, secondary school reports, and recommendations are considered official only if they come directly from your school, teachers, counselors, or other recommenders. Any of these materials submitted by the applicant are unofficial, and won’t count toward our application requirements.

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Course Modules

Summary of Requirements: Intensive Track

Two of the following:
PHIL 25000 History of Philosophy I: Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 26000 History of Philosophy II: Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy
PHIL 27000 History of Philosophy III: Nineteenth Century Philosophy

PHIL 20100 Elementary Logic (or approved alternative course in logic)

One of the following: 
One from field A and two from field B
Two from field A and one from field B

PHIL 29200 Junior Tutorial 
PHIL 29300 Senior Tutorial
PHIL 29601 Intensive Track Seminar

PHIL 29901 & 29902 Senior Seminar I and Senior Seminar II 200

Two additional courses in philosophy


At least two courses in one of the following two fields and at least one course in the other field: (A) practical philosophy and (B) theoretical philosophy.

Courses that may be counted toward these requirements are indicated in the course descriptions by boldface letters in parentheses. Other courses may not be used to meet field distribution requirements.

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How to Apply

The following Application Materials are to be submitted by the student to be considered for Undergraduate Admission:

  • Application For Admission: UChicago accepts the Coalition Application, Universal Application, or Common Application
  • Application Fee ($75) or Automatic Fee Waiver
  • Secondary School Report and Transcript
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Midyear Report (first-year applicants only)
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores (international applicants only) (PBT: 600, IBT: 100, IELTS: 7.0)
  • College Official's Report and Transcript (transfer students only)

Optional Components

  • Financial Aid Application
  • Interview
  • Supplemental Materials

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