The Philosophy sequence at ACU will introduce you to serious and detailed thinking about the really big questions on topics like the nature of reality as a whole, human nature, ethics, language, rationality, religion, truth and knowledge, beauty, power, justice and more. In fact, one of the great things about Philosophy is that no subject matter is off limits. The only requirement is that the questions we ask are deep or basic ones, beyond every day or taken-for-granted assumptions.
ACU offers units on a wide variety of philosophical topics, from more theoretical areas like metaphysics and logic, to applied areas like practical ethics and political philosophy. Distinctive features of our program include a strength in the history of philosophy (and its importance for current debates) and expertise across various philosophical traditions.
Thinking hard about some of the great questions is intrinsically rewarding and life enriching. The study of Philosophy will deepen your engagement with contemporary life and events and position you to make thoughtful assessments involving critical thinking, sharp analysis and strong argumentation. The adaptable skills and attributes possessed by Philosophy majors are highly valued by employers across a broad range of industries, as well as being foundational for almost any professional practice.
Philosophy at ACU was ranked 'above world standard' in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment exercise. It is offered as an Arts major through the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy (FTP).
As an ACU Philosophy graduate what valued skills will you possess?
Upon completion of your specialisation you will be able to:
- Understand challenging philosophical problems
- Demonstrate advanced skills in critical thinking, including the analysis of complex arguments
- Produce sophisticated and insightful interpretations of your own
- Communicate in an articulate and confident manner in both verbal and written formats
Where to from ACU?
- Philosophy majors can pursue successful and enriching careers in professions that span the private and public sectors, including in areas such as education, business, public administration, law, media and technology
- Our Philosophy specialisation provides a pathway for further study at the Honours, Masters and Doctoral level