Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Think critically about the world and its complexities with the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. Students in the Philosophy degree program study how the greatest minds explored life's most difficult questions. This 123-credit undergraduate program imparts analytical reading comprehension, writing skills and critical reasoning skills, three competencies valuable for an array of career pursuits.

Learn to use philosophical thought to examine knowledge, existence and values across multiple fields of study. Philosophy Major coursework covers contemporary philosophy, the history of philosophy, philosophy of race and gender, and pure and applied philosophy. Faculty members lead active research initiatives, and they are internationally acclaimed in the following key areas.

  • Aesthetics
  • Ancient philosophy
  • Early modern philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Feminism
  • Kant/post-Kantian European philosophy
  • Philosophy of language
  • Philosophy of race
  • Political philosophy
  • Pragmatism and philosophy of science

Philosophy Major with a Pre-law Emphasis

Philosophy BA students can choose to tailor their curriculum with an emphasis in pre-law. The curriculum lays the foundation for law school, with relevant coursework to help prepare students for the LSAT test and admission to graduate programs. 

The Pre-law Emphasis curriculum includes the following courses.

  • Philosophy of Law
  • Pre-Law Internship
  • Pre-Law Seminar 
  • Pre-Law Tutorial

Undergraduate Certificate in Ethics

Illustrate to employers your commitment to ethical leadership with the Certificate in Ethics. Undergraduate students from any academic degree or minor can learn the concepts, history and methodologies of ethical reasoning.

Classes & Curriculum

Some examples of Philosophy coursework include

  • Critical Thinking,
  • Introduction to Logic, and
  • Metaethics.

Learn more about Philosophy Major courses.

Related Graduate Degrees

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $17,976.00 per year
Out-of-state: $32,376.00 per year