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NOTE that this page and its sub-pages are for informational and reference purposes only, as this program is no longer offered at the University of Sudbury.

A philosophical education will not only enrich your worldview, but it will also give you the tools to critically examine your own perspective, as well as those of others; will allow you to explore various questions and areas of personal interest; and will teach you how to think about issues that touch your life.

The program offers a general foundation in philosophy and the flexibility to explore your areas of interest; explore and evaluate important ideas that influence politics, morality, science, education, religion, business and law; and provides the opportunity to construct one's own personal philosophy of life.

Ask anyone why they study philosophy – in or out of the university – and you'll get many different answers.  Some emphasize the kinds of skills that you develop through studying Philosophy.  Others highlight the ways a Philosophy major might relate to various careers.  And for some, it is a combination of these two factors.

The program in French and English is designed, managed, and offered jointly by the University of Sudbury (U of S) Philosophy Department and Laurentian University Philosphy Department.

See some of the courses offered in English for the 2020-21 year in this document (by both Laurentian and U of S).

What topics will be covered?
The program covers the history of philosophy as well as a variety of other topics, including morality, critical thinking, technology, ethics and bioethics, environmental thought and the philosophy of art, education or law, knowledge and truth, mind and language, among others.

What values are gained?
By sharpening your reading, thinking and writing abilities, you will cultivate the skills that can improve your reasoning, your moral decision-making and your quality of life.

You will develop enhanced analytical, critical and interpretive capacities that are applicable to any subject matter, and in any human context.  Philosophy will cultivate the capacities and appetite for self-expression and reflection, for exchange and debate of ideas, for life-long learning, and for dealing with problems for which there are no easy answers.

Potential employment opportunities:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Human resources
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Social work
  • Medicine
  • And much more!
Note: The Ontario College of Teachers has designated philosophy as a "teachable" subject.


• L. Pelletier, B.A. (Chicoutimi), M.A. (Laval), Ph.D. (Montréal) 
• P. Biondi, B.A. (Laurentian), M.A., Ph.D. (Laval)  
• R. Fillion B.A. (Winnipeg), M.A. (Trent), Ph.D. (Ottawa)
• R.F.C. Haliburton, B.A. (Dalhousie), M.A., Ph.D. (Queen's)


“In my undergraduate degree I double majored in Environmental Biology and Philosophy.  I fell in love with Philosophy and the way I felt about the action of thinking by being engaged by the philosophers at the University of Sudbury.  These philosophers have helped me discover the tools I required in order to answer the "so what" of my science degree, and I am eternally grateful for that.  I believe that students in all disciplines can benefit from philosophy, both personally and academically.” – Tanis Mercer, graduate