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Philosophy Majors and Minors

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Studying abroad can be an especially enriching learning environment for Philosophy majors and minors. Many of the most important philosophers lived and wrote in lands outside the United States, and many of the best scholars of their thought teach at universities abroad. Studying abroad therefore offers opportunities to study with such scholars. These courses enrich and enhance the liberal arts experience which Boston College seeks for its students. The Philosophy faculty wholeheartedly joins the Office of International Programs in encouraging its undergraduate students to spend at least one semester studying abroad.

When Can I Study Abroad?
Philosophy students are eligible to study abroad during the fall or spring semester of the junior year, or the fall semester of the senior year. For students who have been diligent in their academic planning, it is possible to study abroad for an entire academic year. 

What Classes Should I Take Before Studying Abroad?
Early planning is essential to make sure that you will meet your BC requirements, and to ensure that you will have a strong philosophy background for study abroad. Since most international education systems require a higher degree of specialization at an earlier level, this strong background will allow you to take advantage of the best offerings at your host institution, including upper level seminars. 

Philosophy majors and minors are required to take all of their philosophy core course requirements and at least two philosophy electives (6 credits) before studying abroad.

Students should talk to their academic advisor about the courses they plan to take abroad as well as the courses they plan to take upon returning to BC.

What Classes Should I Plan To Take Abroad?
The ideal types of courses are those that fit with the philosophy major or minor but are not available at BC. Courses to look for are those that focus on the region or country in which you are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department.

Philosophy majors in A&S can take up to 2 electives (6 credits) required toward their major each semester abroad with department approval. Philosophy minors can take 1 elective (3 credits) with department approval.

What If I Am Planning To Do An Honors Thesis?
If you are planning to do an honors thesis, you are strongly advised to identify a potential thesis topic and faculty supervisor prior to studying abroad. While abroad, you should maintain contact with your supervisor.


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