Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)

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Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) structure

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Possible First Year

You may know you have an interest in Philosophy but you are unsure about what courses might complement this interest or lead on to a second major, or minor. The following list provides possible choices for interests in Classical Studies, History, Politics, Psychology or Religious Studies to help with planning your first year of study. A usual full-time workload for first year is eight courses; four courses in Semester One, and four courses in Semester Two.

You should take:

230.110 Turangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand
230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
230.112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking
134.101 Knowledge and Reality
134.104 Practical Ethics

Choose three electives from:

134.102 Great Western Philosophy
134.105 Philosophy of Religion: God, Freedom and Evil
135.101 Hinduism and Buddhism
135.102 Judaism, Christianity and Islam
135.103 Magic and Witchcraft
148.105 The World Since 1900
148.111 A History of the World
175.101 Psychology as a Social Science
175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science
200.161 Intro to Politics
201.115 Introductory Latin
201.117 Greek and Roman Warfare

This is not an exhaustive list of options and you can search for courses in other interest areas e.g. Business via the course search webpage.

Requirements

A major in Philosophy consists of 135 credits (nine courses). You cannot take two courses with the same title to count towards your major, for example you cannot take both 134.208 and 134.308 Philosophy of Science. With the permission of the Head of School you can take up to 30 credits (two courses) from a related discipline, one of these courses can be at 300-level.

Major requirements

A major in Philosophy consists of 135 credits (nine courses).

Minor requirements

A minor consists of 75 credits in Philosophy, including 15 credits at 300-level; 30 credits at 200- and/or 300-level, and 30 credits at any level from the Philosophy schedule.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the 'Regulations' button.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

Note: Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.

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