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B.A. in Philosophy Program Implements New Curriculum

Starting next academic year 2018, the B.A. in Philosophy Program which is accredited Level IV by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation will be implementing its new curriculum, one of its highlights are the three specialisations under the program which are Research, Management, and Law. In year 2006, B.A.in Philosophy was offered in UIC and produced its first graduates in October 2007. The program is a vibrant assemblage of students, both lay and religious candidates in their respective congregations (Cavanis, Marist, Benedictine, Franciscans, Redemptorists). The B.A. in Philosophy Program is designed to provide the student with the basis for a broad liberal arts education and the associated conceptual, theoretical, and methodological tool applicable to a wide range of career opportunities in Research, Media, Communication, Politics, Government, Management, Religious Vocation and Education (CMO no. 26, s. 2017, Art. 5, sec. 5.4).

The program is designed to help students acquire the ability to demonstrate critical thinking and ethical consciousness, the ability to critically assess and articulate various philosophical positions or theories, the ability to contribute to the development of philosophical discourse and the preparedness in other professional areas and industry.

One of the highlights of the new implemented curriculum for the B.A. in Philosophy Program are its three specialisations, namely; Research, Management, and Law of which will be taken by second year up to fourth year students who are currently enrolled in the program. Each track comprises approximately 36 compulsory GEC credits, 17 Professional Courses, 5 Seminar Courses, 6 Required Skills Relevant Courses, 5 Cognate Courses in Specialization, 5 Required Elective Philosophy Courses, and Comprehensive Examinations. In third year and fourth year, student will write a thesis within their chosen specialisation, at the department or in a policy regulatory agency or the industry (CMO no. 26, s. 2017, Art. 5, sec. 5.4). B.A. in Philosophy has also been one of the best alternatives for transferees, and even regular students. The program has produced graduates, most of them excelling in their chosen fields, such as banking and finance, social services, religious vocation, BPO, civil servants, academia, NGO. Many of America’s top traditional business people have liberal-arts degrees. In fact, philosophy and literature majors often turn up in the profiles of tech entrepreneurs: LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman attributes his success in part to the masters in philosophy he completed at the University of Oxford; the founders of Flickr and Hunch—Caterina Fake, an English literature major, and her partner Stewart Butterfied, who went on to develop Slack—have both a BA and an MA in philosophy; angel investor Chris Dixon also has a BA and an MA in philosophy; and the CEO of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, is a history and literature major. Even Jack Ma, the CEO of one of China’s—and the world’s—most successful e-commerce platforms, Alibaba, is an English major.

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