The program in philosophy offered through the Honors Tutorial College presents the student with an unique opportunity to obtain what is arguably one of the best undergraduate degrees in philosophy on offer at any major college or university. The program gives the student unparalleled access to each member of the philosophy faculty, along with members of the faculty of other departments that have Honors programs, in the form of one-on-one tutorial sessions that can take the place of standard lecture-room classes. Each student, with the help of the director of studies, is able to design his or her own program of study in philosophy, with minimal distribution requirements. In addition to the very personalized program of study that is combined with close faculty contact, the students in the honors program are also invited to join in the life of the department in ways that are often available only to graduate students: they are invited to all colloquia and other departmental events, they are included in special departmental activities, and they have unrestricted access to enrollment in any philosophy class that they need for their program of study.
Students are selected by the director of studies of the philosophy tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College on the basis of superior ability and sustained motivation. We look for good scores on standardized tests (30 composite score on the ACT or a combined score of 1300 on the SAT), but we also require a good high school record (class standing in the top 10%). An interview with the director of studies is required for acceptance into our program. Recommendations from two high school teachers are strongly recommended. The personalized aspects of the tutorial system occasionally make it possible for us to accept students who have not performed well on standardized measures of ability but who demonstrate exceptional aptitude in other ways. The priority deadline for application for admission is November 15th, and admission interviews are held in January.
Change of Program Policy
First-year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the philosophy tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. The priority deadline for application is November 15th. Depending on program capacity, second-year students may be considered for transfer as well.
External Transfer Admission
First-year students at another institution may apply to transfer into the philosophy tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. The priority deadline for application is November 15th. Depending on program capacity, second-year students may be considered for transfer as well.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
A philosophy major prepares the student for a wide variety of career paths, including various graduate and professional education programs (e.g., law school, divinity school, etc.), careers that demand high levels of critical thinking and communication skills, and many non-technical careers in business and science. The honors program in philosophy, in particular, gives the student the added advantage of highly specialized training that will be more than adequate to pursue graduate work in philosophy.
The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Robert Briscoe, director of studies/contact person
Please request application information regarding admission as a student using the form below.