B.A., Philosophy

Who are we, and why are we here? What is the nature of knowledge, truth, and justice? Explore these and other enduring questions that form the basis of our shared humanity while sharpening your critical thinking and analytical skills in the process.

This major is ideal for students who seek to understand the world around them at its deepest level. They’ll learn to address fundamental questions about knowledge, goodness, and the nature of human experience in a clear, systematic fashion. With a curriculum anchored in the great works of antiquity and the Enlightenment, this program introduces students to the major fields of philosophical inquiry, including political philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of science.

Major Requirements

Ethics (ADPL 1500)
Logic (ADPL 1252)
History of Philosophy I: Ancient/Medieval (ADPL XXXX)
History of Philosophy II: Modern Contemporary (ADPL XXXX)
Philosophy and the Arts (ADPL 1498 and ADPL 1275)
Philosophy of Religion (ADPL XXXX)
Philosophy of Science (ADPL 3500)
Philosophy of Human Experience (ADPL 2500)
Social and Political Philosophy (ADPL XXXX)
Philosophy of Love and Sexuality (ADPL 1483)

Application Information

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Please mail application materials to:
Boston College WCAS Processing Center
P.O. Box 67445
Chestnut Hill,  MA  02467

Deadlines

Fall Enrollment
August 1
Spring Enrollment
December 1
Summer Enrollment
April 15

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Academic Transcripts

Submit one of the following:

  • Official high school degree
  • Official GED
  • Official college/university transcript

Essays

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

Please submit two essays by responding to two of the topics listed below.  The essays should be typewritten, double-spaced, and each essay should be limited to 500 – 750 words in length.  The essays are important to the Admissions Committee as they allow the committee to assess your personal goals, your reasons for choosing the program to which you are applying, your commitment to your educational goals, and your writing ability.  The essays must be uploaded as part of your on-line application.

  1. Discuss your reason(s) for applying to the BA program at the Woods College of Advancing Studies at this time. Support your reasons with specific examples.
  2. Discuss your academic goals and how they apply to your planned career and/or life goals.
  3. Describe a life changing experience that had a significant personal impact on you. Please include details about the situation (which could be positive or negative), and what were the lessons learned.

Application Fee

Application fee: $45

  • Check or money order payable to Boston College.
  • Please do not send cash.

Recommendations

Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters must be sent directly from recommender either through online application portal or directly to Woods College.  We will not accept letters that are not in a sealed envelope mailed directly from recommender or emailed directly from recommender.

International Students

1. Demonstrated English Language Proficiency required (minimum TOEFL score of 90-100)

2. Interview

For all international students and non-native English speakers, interviews are conducted as part of the application process.

The purpose of the interview is for the admission committee to gain a better sense of an applicant and how the program fits his or her academic and vocational needs. Additionally, the interview provides the committee an opportunity to assess a student’s specific information and to address the unique needs one may have in transitioning to Boston College.  The interview will last no more than 15 minutes.  Interviews will only be scheduled once an application has been submitted.

3. Transcript Evaluation

All students who have, or are currently attending, an institution outside of the United States must provide a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation indicating the following:

For BA applicants: conferral of a secondary school degree that is equivalent to a U.S. high school’s degree from an accredited institution.

For MS applicants: conferral of an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

This evaluation is not just an English translation, but a document provided by an accredited evaluating agency that shows all grades, course titles, credit hours, United States degree equivalency, grade-point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral.
This detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation must be submitted to complete the application.

Please request a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation for all international institutions where a degree was conferred from one of the following agencies:

Educational Credential Evaluators
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470

www.ece.org

Center for Educational Documentation
P.O. Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117

www.cedevaluations.com

World Education Services Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087

www.wes.org

 

Questions

Program or Application Questions?

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Last Name M-Z: Contact Claudia Pouravelis

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