Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Train to be a better thinker and problem-solver by studying the ideas of eminent theorists, from the ancient masters to contemporary scholars.

Philosophy Undergrad Program
Studies in Philosophy at UBC Okanagan help you to clearly express ideas and arguments.

What You Need to Know

Why study Philosophy at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities
Acquire the foundational skills needed to pursue a career in law, politics, journalism, administration and any other profession that values informed reasoning, creative problem-solving and productive decision-making.

Stimulating discussions
Participate or watch as two debate teams face off on public issues before a panel of judges at the Roger Watts Advocacy Debate. Research seminars with visiting speakers from prominent academic institutions, industry, and government are also featured throughout the year.

Student networks
Join the Philosophy Course Union to build friendships, discuss philosophy, and gain increased access to career resources.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

In philosophy undergraduate studies at UBC Okanagan, you can complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in philosophy.

Philosophy studies provide students with the understanding of the general intellectual landscape by studying ideas throughout history.

Studying philosophy will, among other things, allow you to examine and express ideas and arguments clearly, precisely and logically. Philosophy is a good preparation for careers in law, journalism, business, the civil service and all forms of scholarly activity.


UBC Okanagan’s philosophy program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that prepare students for graduate studies as well as for careers in law, journalism, politics, administration and any other profession that values informed reasoning, creative problem-solving and productive decision-making.

Sample courses (BA Major):

  • PHIL 245 – Introduction to Metaphysics
  • PHIL 338 – Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 435 – Environmental Ethics

Browse philosophy courses and descriptions.

Degree Options

The following links takes you to philosophy program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academics policies at the University of British Columbia:

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Learn about Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS).

Visit the philosophy homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.


British Columbia High School Requirements

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved grade 12 courses
  • A language 12 other than English 12 is recommended for students applying to the bachelor of arts degrees. If you do not have a grade 12 language course, you must take a language as part of your degree program.

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at — there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate studies in Philosophy. Career options for highly trained thinkers and problem-solvers include journalism, public policy and legal disciplines.



  • Advocate/Lawyer
  • Aide worker
  • Arbitrator
  • Bioethical consultant
  • Broadcast writer
  • Columnist
  • Consumer advocate
  • Contract administrator
  • CSIS/RCMP officer
  • Critic
  • Editorial assistant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Ethics consultant
  • Freelance writer
  • Fundraiser/grant writer
  • Health administration
  • Human resource manager
  • Image consultant
  • Insurance agent
  • Inventory control specialist
  • Investigative journalist
  • Journalist
  • Legislative aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Logistic specialist
  • Management consultant
  • Market research analyst
  • Negotiator
  • Public policy analyst
  • Public relations specialist
  • Publisher
  • Technical writer

Potential Employers

  • Journalism and media outlets such as publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, technical writing, and public relations firms
  • Local, provincial, and federal government departments such as archives and heritage, communications, Foreign Service and public policy
  • Non-profit organizations, including social and community services, public interest research groups and public education facilities
  • Organizations addressing ethics and information management, including environmental firms, health services organizations, information technology companies, legal firms, medical schools and research facilities

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

UBC Okanagan offers MA, MSc and PhD degrees in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may build an individualized program and have a philosophy department faculty member as their primary supervisor.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan's philosophy program:
Andrew Mortenson Student Profile

Andrew Mortenson, UBC Alumnus

““UBC helped me figure out what I wanted to do, despite the fact that I thought I already knew.””

Dan Ryder

Dan Ryder, UBC Professor

“I’m passionate about getting students to improve their thinking, and thereby make the world a better place.”

Julia Hung

Julia Hung, UBC Alumna

“Inability to access justice is an ever-growing problem in our society, and I want to be a part of that solution.”

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions. Experience university life abroad as a resident, or earn academic credit while participating in summer group-study courses led by UBC profs.
  • Travel to conferences or competitions with financial assistance made available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Win merit-based cash awards that look awesome on your resumé.

Work Opportunities

  • Acquire real-world job skills and strong connections at a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Philosophy program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.


Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus in-person for a guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
  • * Best viewed in Chrome and Firefox

Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, faculties offer "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

    Clubs and Associations

    • Make friends with similar interests, attend events, and explore career options at one of many clubs and associations including the Philosophy Course Union.
    • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining various campus clubs.

    Living in Residence

    Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

    UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

    Find out more about living in residence at

    The Okanagan: What to Expect

    UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

    More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

    UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

    A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

    Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at


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