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BA Philosophy

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
4 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
28502 USD
National
12036 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 50 USD
Department
Department of Philosophy
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
SAT (avg)1390
ACT (avg)31

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About this course

Philosophy is the oldest, broadest, and most fundamental form of inquiry. Some philosophical questions have to do with the understanding of ourselves and whatever else there may be. Others focus upon the nature of different forms of knowledge and experience, and upon ethical issues and problems of value. The study of philosophy is one of the most important elements in a good liberal education. It also improves one's ability to think clearly, and to construct, analyze, and criticize arguments of any kind. The major and minor are sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

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Eligibility Criteria

English Language Requirement-
TOEFL IBT- 80

IELTS Academic-

  • Overall Score 6.5
  • Listening 6
  • Writing 6
  • Reading 6
  • Speaking 6

PTE Academic

  • Overall Score 54 
  • Listening 47
  • Writing 56
  • Reading 51
  • Speaking 53 

TOEFL PBT

  • Total Score 550 

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Course Modules

Courses
PHIL 100   Intro to Philosophy-ACP   credit: 3 Hours.

Consideration of some main problems of philosophy concerning, for example, knowledge, God, mind and body, and human freedom. Course is identical to PHIL 101 except for the additional writing component. Credit is not given for both PHIL 100 and PHIL 101. Prerequisite: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 101   Introduction to Philosophy   credit: 3 Hours.

Consideration of some main problems of philosophy concerning, for example, knowledge, God, mind and body, and human freedom. Credit is not given for both PHIL 101 and PHIL 100.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 102   Logic and Reasoning   credit: 3 Hours.

Practical study of logical reasoning; techniques for analyzing and criticizing arguments, with emphasis on assessing the logical coherence of what we read and write.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 103   Logic and Reasoning QR II   credit: 3 Hours.

Introductory logic course that concentrates on investigating how the formal mathematical structure of statements, as well as the structure of the relationships among such statements, reveals the logical force of arguments that we use everyday. PHIL 102 takes a less formal, less mathematical approach to the same material. Credit is not given for both PHIL 103 and PHIL 102.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: Quant Reasoning II
PHIL 104   Intro to Ethics-ACP   credit: 3 Hours.

Some basic questions of ethics, discussed in the light of influential ethical theories and with reference to specific moral problems, such as: What makes an action morally right? Are moral standards absolute or relative? What is relation between personal morality and social morality, and between social morality and law? Course is identical to PHIL 105 except for the additional writing component. Credit is not given for both PHIL 104 and either PHIL 105 or PHIL 106. Prerequisite: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 105   Introduction to Ethics   credit: 3 Hours.

Some basic questions of ethics, discussed in the light of influential ethical theories and with reference to specific moral problems, such as: what makes an action morally right? are moral standards absolute or relative? what is the relation between personal morality and social morality, and between social morality and law? Credit is not given for both PHIL 105 and either PHIL 104 or PHIL 106.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 106   Ethics and Social Policy   credit: 3 Hours.

Examination of the moral aspects of social problems, and a survey of ethical principles formulated to validate social policy. Credit is not given for both PHIL 106 and either PHIL 104 or PHIL 105.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
PHIL 107   Intro to Political Philosophy   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to core ideas in political and legal philosophy, for example, rights, equality, political obligations, legitimacy of states, nationalism, and oppression.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
PHIL 108   Religion & Society in West I   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ANTH 108, RLST 108, and SOC 108. See RLST 108.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult
PHIL 109   Religion & Society in West II   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ANTH 109, RLST 109, and SOC 109. See RLST 109.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult
PHIL 110   World Religions   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as RLST 110. See RLST 110.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult
PHIL 191   Freshman Honors Tutorial   credit: 1 to 3 Hours.

Study of selected topics on an individually arranged basis. Open only to honors majors or to Cohn Scholars and Associates. May be repeated one time. Prerequisite: Consent of departmental honors advisor.

PHIL 198   Freshman Seminar   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Investigation of selected fundamental topics of philosophical inquiry. See Schedule for current topics. Prerequisite: Freshman James Scholar.

PHIL 199   Undergraduate Open Seminar   credit: 1 to 5 Hours.

  • Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

PHIL 201   Philosophy in Literature   credit: 3 Hours.

Consideration of the philosophical themes implicit in a variety of important literary works, both classical and modern; may include such authors as Sophocles, Shakespeare, Goethe, Dostoevsky, and Sartre.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 202   Symbolic Logic   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to the techniques of formal logic, dealing primarily with truth-functional logic and quantification theory.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Quant Reasoning I
PHIL 203   Ancient Philosophy   credit: 4 Hours.

Introduction to ancient philosophy, concentrating on Plato and Aristotle, dealing with such topics as metaphysics, ethics, and the theory of knowledge. Same as CLCV 203.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 206   Early Modern Philosophy   credit: 4 Hours.

The history of philosophy from Descartes to Kant, concentrating on such topics as metaphysics, ethics, and the theory of knowledge.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 210   Ethics   credit: 3 Hours.

Problems in ethical theory; the nature of right and wrong, justice, conscience, moral feelings, etc.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 214   Biomedical Ethics   credit: 3 Hours.

Philosophical study of selected moral and social problems concerning medicine and biology, such as euthanasia, abortion, allocation of scarce medical resources, health care and rights, and genetic engineering.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 220   Special Topics   credit: 3 Hours.

A consideration of readings on selected philosophical topics. May be repeated in the same semester to a maximum of 6 undergraduate hours and in separate semesters if topics vary. See Class Schedule for current topics.

PHIL 230   Philosophy of Religion Intro   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to philosophical analysis of religious thought and experience. Same as RLST 230.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 231   Religion and Philosophy   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as RLST 231. See RLST 231.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 250   Conceptions of Human Nature   credit: 3 Hours.

Comparative examination of important historical and contemporary conceptions of human nature.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 270   Philosophy of Science   credit: 3 Hours.

Investigation of the nature of scientific knowledge by examining archetypal examples from physical science (e.g., Ptolemaic and Copernican astronomy); nature of scientific truth, validation of theories, nature of scientific theories, evolution of theories, experimental procedure, role of presuppositions, scientific revolutions, etc.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 307   Elmnts Semantics & Pragmatics   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as LING 307. See LING 307.

PHIL 316   Ethics and Engineering   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ECE 316. See ECE 316.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 325   Recent European Philosophy   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to the major recent philosophical movements in Europe, such as phenomenology, existentialism, philosophical anthropology, and neo-Marxism.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
PHIL 351   Thinking and Reasoning   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as PSYC 351. See PSYC 351.

PHIL 356   Evolution of Mind   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as PSYC 356. See PSYC 356.

PHIL 357   Intro Cognitive Science   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as PSYC 357. See PSYC 357.

PHIL 380   Current Controversies   credit: 3 Hours.

Philosophical examination of positions taken on some issue of current concern, for example, human sexuality, death and dying, feminism, race, intelligence, war, sociobiology, and environmental ethics. See Class Schedule for current topics. May be repeated with approval.

PHIL 390   Individual Study   credit: 2 to 4 Hours.

Readings in selected philosophical topics. Course may be taken by honors students in partial fulfillment of department honors requirements. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours in separate terms. Prerequisite: Open to juniors and seniors with a grade-point average of 3.0 only by prior arrangement with a member of the faculty and with consent of the department director of undergraduate studies or the chair.

PHIL 398   Advanced Undergraduate Seminar   credit: 3 Hours.

Seminar on selected philosophical topics; intended primarily for advanced undergraduate philosophy majors. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: A grade-point average of 3.0 and consent of instructor.

PHIL 404   Medieval Philosophy   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

History of philosophy from St. Augustine to William of Ockham. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PHIL 101 or PHIL 203.

PHIL 407   Logic and Linguistic Analysis   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

  • Same as LING 407. See LING 407.

PHIL 410   Classical Ancient Philosophers   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Intensive study of one ancient philosopher or the intensive study of a major philosophical problem through the consideration of a number of ancient philosophers; chief emphasis on Plato and/or Aristotle. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. May be repeated with approval, if topics vary. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy, preferably PHIL 203.

PHIL 411   Nineteenth Century Philosophy   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examination of the thought of such major figures as Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 412   Classical Modern Philosophers   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Intensive study of one classical modern philosopher or the intensive study of major philosophical problem through the consideration of a number of classical modern philosophers, e.g., Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Hume, Kant, and Hegel. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. May be repeated with approval, if topics vary. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy, preferably PHIL 206.

PHIL 414   Major Recent Philosophers   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Intensive study of one or two important philosophers of the present century, e.g., Wittgenstein, Dewey, Heidegger, or Quine. Topics vary; see Class Schedule. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. May be repeated with approval, if topics vary. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 419   Space, Time, and Matter-ACP   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Same as PHYS 419. See PHYS 419.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
PHIL 420   Space, Time, and Matter   credit: 2 Hours.

  • Same as PHYS 420. See PHYS 420.

PHIL 421   Ethical Theories   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Systematic study of selected classics in moral philosophy by such philosophers as Aristotle, Hume, Mill, Kant, and Nietzsche. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 422   Recent Developments in Ethics   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Intensive treatment of issues in contemporary ethical theory. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. May be repeated one time with approval. Prerequisite: One course in ethics.

PHIL 424   Philosophy of Religion   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Considers central issues in the philosophy of religion, e.g., the justification of religious belief, the nature of God, religious experience, etc. Same as RLST 424. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 425   Philosophy of Mind   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Philosophical problems arising in connection with mental phenomena; the relation of mind and body; free will and determinism; our knowledge of other minds; and the self and personal identity. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 426   Metaphysics   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Investigation of various metaphysical issues concerning, for example, existence, particulars and universals, causation, laws of nature, time, personal identity, material objects, and modality. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 429   Value Theory   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Study of the nature and status of values, and of variable topics in value theory, e.g., different types of values, and problems of truth, justifiability, objectivity and relativism with respect to them. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. May be repeated as topics vary to a maximum of 6 undergraduate hours, or 8 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

PHIL 430   Theory of Knowledge   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Investigation of issues concerning, for example, the nature and possibility of knowledge; its forms and limits; its relation to belief, truth, and justification; and the nature of truth. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 433   Evolutionary Neuroscience   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

  • Same as NEUR 433 and PSYC 433. See PSYC 433.

PHIL 435   Social Philosophy   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Selected topics from the nature of social organization, nature and convention, utility, justice, equality, liberty, rights, and duties. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 436   Phil of Law and of the State   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examination of issues in the philosophy of law, such as the nature of law, law and morality, justice, liberty and authority, punishment, and legal responsibility. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 438   Philosophy of Language   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Historical or comparative study of the philosophy of language. Same as LING 438. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 439   Philosophy of Mathematics   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Introduction to some of the main philosophical problems and contemporary viewpoints concerning mathematical concepts, mathematical methods, and the nature of mathematical truth. Same asMATH 439. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 441   Existential Philosophy   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Study of a selection of the major writings of the more important existential philosophers, e.g., Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, and de Beauvoir. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 443   Phenomenology   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Study of the development of phenomenology from Husserl to the present. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 444   Topics in Recent European Phil   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examines the continental treatments of selected issues, such as interpersonal relationships, human nature, perception or interpretation; see Class Schedule for current topics. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in separate terms as topics vary to a maximum of 6 undergraduate hours or 8 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 453   Formal Logic and Philosophy   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Techniques and results of symbolic logic, with special attention to topics of philosophical importance. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PHIL 202 or consent of instructor.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Quant Reasoning II
PHIL 454   Advanced Symbolic Logic   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Completeness, compactness, and Lowenheim-Skolem theorems for first-order logic; incompleteness and undecidability of formal systems; and additional material on proof theory, model theory, or axiomatic set theory as time permits. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PHIL 202 or consent of instructor.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Quant Reasoning II
PHIL 471   Contemporary Phil of Science   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examines important developments and controversies in recent philosophy of science. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

PHIL 472   Kierkegaard and the Self   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

  • Same as CWL 472, RLST 472, and SCAN 472. See SCAN 472.

PHIL 473   Philosophy of Biology   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Philosophical issues in biology covering basic concepts such as fitness, evolution, adaptation, natural selection, and issues such as the unit of selection, genetic reductionism, cultural evolution. Same asIB 495. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Graduate students taking the course for 4 hours will be expected to do additional reading and write more substantial papers. Prerequisite: Two courses in philosophy or two courses in biology; or consent of instructor.

PHIL 477   Philosophy of Psychology   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Psychology, broadly construed, is a cluster of disciplines devoted to the study of mind and behavior, including cognitive and developmental psychology, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence. Investigates the relationships that these disciplines bear to one another and of their overall potential to resolve age-old philosophical questions about the mind. Same as PSYC 477. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Two courses in philosophy or two courses in psychology or consent of instructor.

PHIL 492   Thesis   credit: 2 to 4 Hours.

Special training in philosophical investigation. Course may be taken by students pursuing graduation with distinction in partial fulfillment of those requirements. 2 to 4 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite: Open to seniors with a grade-point average of 3.5 in all philosophy courses only by prior arrangement with a member of the faculty and with consent of the department director of undergraduate studies or the chair.

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  • The Common Application online including the UIC-specific questions and essays under the My Colleges tab. See application tips for details. Printed applications will not be accepted.
  • The $50 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver
  • Official high school transcript*, submitted electronically or via mail, along with the Common Application School Report 
  • ACT/SAT scores, submitted electronically or printed on official transcripts

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Additional requirements may apply to the following applicants:

  • Early Action applicants. Must have their Common Application, transcript, and test scores submitted by November 1. Applicants should select the Early Action option in the "preferred admission plan" question on UIC's Common Application Member's page.
  • Honors College and Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) applicants. Must be admitted as undergraduates prior to review. The following supplemental documents are required for Honors College and GPPA applicants: An essay for each program submitted with the application.
  • Two recommendations submitted through the Common Application or via mail.
  • International applicants. Must meet the core First Year requirements as well as display evidence of English competency and financial certifications. First Year applicants with international coursework will also be assessed the $30 international credential evaluation fee. See Undergraduate International Admissions Requirements for details. 

Homeschooled students. Must satisfy all of the above requirements. Acceptable homeschool transcripts must include: a list of all subjects/courses attempted by year

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  • Maximum and minimum grades obtainable
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High School graduates who have attended another college or university since graduating. Must meet the Transfer Admission Requirements and will not be considered for First Year admission. High School graduates who have never attended another college or university must submit evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or submit passing scores on the General Educational Development (GED) test.

Most Transfer applicants must meet the following core requirements to apply:

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  • Honors College applicants must be admitted as undergraduates prior to review and include the following with their application: 
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