2018 - 2019

Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, truth, beauty, law, justice, validity, mind and language. Philosophers aim to understand reality, clarify the nature of interactions between individuals and society, and to come to terms with problems of existence and ultimate value. This is done through the examining age-old questions such as: why are we here, how ought we to live, what is knowledge, what are the principles of reason, and what is the essential nature of being human; whose answers are often taken for granted. Philosophy at Memorial aims to develop students’ intellectual abilities through examining different answers that philosophers have given to fundamental questions in order to develop a critical and systematic approach toward investigating reality and experience that relies on reasoned arguments.



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STUDIES

To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first PHIL major courses PHIL 1002 and either PHIL 2010 or PHIL 2020.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulationscourse descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker. 

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing reghelp@mun.ca.

 

In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take PHIL 2030, either PHIL 2040 or PHIL 2050, two of PHIL 2201, 2205, 2215. 

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult departmental liaisons and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations. If you are looking for more academic credentials, consider applying for admission into an honours program.

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take 3 philosophy courses at the 3000-level and any other course in philosophy at any level.

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations, contact your department for information about honours program regulations and requirements and the honours comprehensive exam.

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take 2 philosophy courses at the 4000-level.

Ensure that your Breadth of Knowledge requirement of the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Submit your application by January 15 for spring graduation or July 15 for fall graduation through Memorial Self-Service under Graduation menu options.

 

STUDY TIPS

 

 

  • Request a final official degree audit after winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation by emailing audit_arts@mun.ca 
  • Have questions about your official degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at arts_registrar@mun.ca
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors

CAREER

Pondering your future career interest?

Take action. Register for Artsworks, a free career development program designed for Humanities and Social Sciences students.

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.

INVOLVEMENT

Go to departmental welcome event, Philosophy society mixers and the Jockey Club.

Attend Philosophy speaker series or other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department.

Think globally about your academic involvement.

GO ABROAD

Consider Going Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator.

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV at CDEL
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad
WELL BEING

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Health • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Check out Memorial Meditates • Living on-campus? Check out residence events • Be safe with Walksafe • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus office • Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy Oasis during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Visit the current students page or talk to an advisor. 

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Kyle Rees was born and raised in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2009, as well as a diploma in applied ethics. In 2012 he received a Juris Doctor (law degree) from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He coaches the Memorial University mooting team, which competes nationally in trial advocacy competitions. He was one of the founding directors of SARIS, a science education charity, as well as the vice-president of the NL NDP. Kyle is a lawyer at O''Dea Earle law offices in St. John's, and specializes in personal injury and union-side labour law.

What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?
My undergraduate self would have loved my current job, and would have been relieved to know that all those people who made derisive comments about unemployed philosophy majors were dead wrong. Working as a lawyer allows me to apply theoretical and critical thinking to real-world situations, and use it to solve actual problems for people and organizations. The legal landscape in this province changes so quickly that you need to be ready to adapt your practice to meet new challenges, and my philosophy degree helped me learn to do that. My ‘undergraduate self’ would also be happy to know that I was able to find a job as a lawyer in Newfoundland and Labrador. I was always worried I’d have to move away to Toronto for work, which wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable.
 
What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?

I didn’t have good study habits, and still find ‘cramming’ impossible. So I took courses that didn’t require studying, or were more about understanding a subject rather than coughing up data for a test. Philosophy was a perfect fit for someone like me, because I could easily go an entire day reading, writing, and discussing topics, but got fidgety if I had to study for more than a few minutes. Once I found courses that fit my learning style, my undergraduate degree was really rewarding.
 
What resources did you use while at MUN?
Since I knew I would be doing some post-graduate program (law school or otherwise) I tried to go through undergrad without any student debt, which made Memorial a great place to be with its affordable tuition. The MUCEP student employment program allowed me to work as a reporter with the campus radio station, CHMR, while earning some income for the next semester of courses. The philosophy department also has its own study space/library, which meant I always had somewhere to go where I could be around other people who shared my passion for the subject
 
Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?
Absolutely. I would say I spoke with my professors at least weekly, and they were always welcoming. The great thing about the philosophy department is that it feels like a small department, so I often found myself taking the courses with the same professors, and really got to know them over the four years of undergrad. A number of them wrote me reference letters for scholarships and law school admission, and I still drop by the department from time to time to catch up. There’s also a regular roster of ‘off-campus’ philosophy events, such as Jockey Club and the public lecture series which are a great way to meet members of the public who are philosophically inclined.
 
How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?
I made a lot of connections with people in St. John’s through my undergraduate extra-curriculars which have helped me in my law practice. For instance, a lot of the social activists I worked with at the MUN Student Union (MUNSU) have become political leaders, or opened their own businesses, so those are good connections to have. My time as a reporter with CHMR radio helped build public speaking skills, and introduced me to politics in this province, and I’ve been an active New Democrat ever since.
 
Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?
Studying at Memorial cemented my love for Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to undergrad, I wasn’t sure if I’d stay in the province when I graduated. My time at Memorial showed me that there’s something unique about Home, where you have a huge pool of people who love where they live and are striving to make it a better place, and I think that Memorial is a good representation of that co-operative spirit. After my first year of law school in Toronto, I knew St. John’s was the place for me.
 
Did you participate in a study abroad program?
No
 
What advice do you have for undergraduate students?
Take a wide variety of courses early on, to get an idea where your passions lie, and then surround yourself with people who are equally as interested in that subject as you. Their enthusiasm is catching. Also, one piece of advice that’s more practical and less inspiring, perhaps: never buy the course textbook new. You can get most of them second-hand—or better yet in the QE II library for free!
 
 


Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)