The aim of the first year of the BA program is to give students the main resources needed for doing philosophy, and to familiarize them with central areas and traditions in philosophy. The introductory courses in the first year include methodological introductions (critical thinking, logic, and critical reading); a historical introductory course (introduction to Greek philosophy); a topical introductory course (ethics and political philosophy), and also the course “central problems in philosophy”, which consists in an initial introductory survey of several central philosophical issues.
The aim of the second year classes is to complete the introductory part of the student’s philosophical education, and to allow the student to start and develop an expertise in her/his more specific areas of interest. Classes include the other main historical introductory course (introduction to modern philosophy); students are required to take one systematic course (out of a selection that typically includes courses in epistemology, metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, aesthetics, the philosophy of science, and so on), and an additional historical course (a more advanced course in ancient philosophy, other courses in modern philosophy in the European tradition). And students can also take several electives and seminars.
During their third year, students take electives and seminars. This is when students deepen their mastery of the parts of the disciplines they are most interested in, as well as write a more substantial research paper in philosophy.