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We offer a B.A. degree in philosophy. (We also have a philosophy minor program for Bilkent students majoring in non-philosophy subjects.) Plans for M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs are in progress.

The aim of the department is threefold:

  • By exploring influential philosophical arguments and ways of arguing, the department intends to impart upon the students the intellectual resources to discern lines of thought and courses of action that are defensible as opposed to ill-considered;
  • The department aims to foster background capabilities---self-reliance, judging well when decision-making, creativity in problem-solving, adaptability, argumentative acumen and so forth---that complement and are essential to the good use of vocational skills;
  • By investigating abstract problems and arguments in depth and by adopting an analytic stance, the department aims to provide students with a solid platform from which to pursue graduate studies in philosophy.
  • The curriculum is broad based in that the students are required to complete courses in a number of academic fields other than philosophy, i.e., physics, biology, computers, mathematics, statistics, economics, languages, literature, and history. Because the curriculum provides each student with a substantive grounding in these fields, the student is able to constructively challenge the way they are practiced from a position of authority rather than from a position of hearsay. Besides, several of the courses (e.g. languages, statistics, computer programming, etc.) aim to develop specific skills that are essential to the workplace. In the meantime, the philosophy courses on their own provide a more than sufficient basis from which to pursue graduate work in philosophy. As a result, the critical mass of philosophical understanding is established whilst at the same time each student's future career options are not foreclosed due to unnecessary over-specialization at an early stage.

    The department places a premium upon:

    • discussion-based class work, encouraging the students to be actively part of the learning experience;
    • essay-based assessment (complemented by a drafting process and a series of essay tutorials);
    • tutorials and ongoing feedback;
    • trusting the students to come to terms with the original texts, rather than asking them to work from watered-down commentaries on those texts;
    • the development of each student's ability to pursue independent research (culminating in the fourth year where a thesis is completed on a chosen topic under the supervision of a faculty member);
    • observing non-academic organizations -- think-tanks, human rights organizations, NGOs, charities, marketing and advertisement companies, law firms, newspapers, magazines, broadcasting companies, publishing houses, etc. -- in their original setting (via two, month-long summer training sessions).

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline 2014-2015 Academic Year Spring Semester, beginning on 2 February 2015, will be open between 15 October - 15 December 2014; 2015-2016 Academic Year Fall Semester, beginning in mid-September 2015, will be open between 15 October 2014 - 16 July 2015 Tuition fee
    • USD 13950 Year (International)

    The annual tuition for international students beginning their program in September 2014 is 13,950 US Dollars (includes 8% VAT). Tuition fees are collected in two equal installments at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters. Tuition fees are payable in US Dollars only.

    Start date February,September 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content


    Autumn Semester

    Course Name

    • Introduction to Computing and Programming for Social Sciences
    • English and Composition I
    • Orientation
    • Introduction to Calculus I
    • Introduction to Logic
    • Introduction to Philosophy I
    • Turkish I

    Spring Semester

    Course Name

    • Principles of Economics
    • English and Composition II
    • Introduction to Calculus II
    • Ancient Philosophy
    • Introduction to Philosophy II
    • Turkish II


    Autumn Semester

    Course Name

    • Introduction to Probability and Statistics I
    • Collegiate Activities Program I
    • History of Turkey
    • Epistemology
    • Rationalists
    • Basic Physics I
    • Second Foreign Language Elective

    Spring Semester

    Course Name

    • Collegiate Activities Program II
    • Ethics
    • Empiricists
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • PHYS 108 or MBG 110
    • Second Foreign Language Elective

    Students should take either PHYS 108 or MBG 110 in this semester in addition to the aforementioned courses (see ELECTIVES)


    Autumn Semester

    Course Name

    • Summer Training I
    • Kant
    • Intermediate Logic
    • Metaphysics
    • Literature Elective
    • Second Foreign Language Elective

    Spring Semester

    Course Name

    • Political Philosophy
    • Philosophy of Language
    • Philosophy of Mind
    • Art Elective
    • Second Foreign Language Elective


    Autumn Semester

    Course Name

    • Philosophy of Science
    • Summer Training II
    • Senior Thesis I
    • Electives (2)
    • History Elective

    Spring Semester

    Course Name

    • Social and Legal Philosophy
    • Aesthetics
    • Senior Thesis II
    • Elective
    • History Elective


    Course Name

    • Basic French I
    • Basic French II
    • Basic French III
    • Basic French IV
    • Basic French III
    • Basic French IV
    • Intermediate French I
    • Intermediate French II
    • Intermediate French III
    • Intermediate French IV
    • Communication Skills in French I
    • Communication Skills in French II
    • Readings in French I
    • Readings in French II
    • Readings in French III
    • Basic German I
    • Basic German II
    • Basic German III
    • Basic German IV
    • Basic German I
    • Basic German II
    • Basic German III
    • Basic German IV
    • Intermediate German I
    • Intermediate German II
    • Intermediate German III
    • Intermediate German IV
    • Communication Skills in German I
    • Communication Skills in German II
    • Readings in German I
    • Readings in German II
    • Ancient Greek I
    • Ancient Greek II
    • Latin I
    • Latin II
    • Ancient Greek III
    • Ancient Greek IV
    • Latin III
    • Latin IV


    Course Name

    • Human Evolution and World Prehistory
    • Ottoman Reform Movements I: Political and Social (1550-1839)
    • Ottoman Reform Movements II: Political and Social (1839-1914)
    • Ottoman History: 1300-1600
    • Ottoman History: 1600-1914
    • Byzantine History I: 324-1025
    • Byzantine History II: 1025-1453
    • British History: 1485-1914
    • Medieval British History
    • Medieval Europe (500-1500)
    • Modern Europe (1453-1914)
    • America and the World since 1898
    • History of the United States until the Reconstruction
    • History of the United States from the Reconstruction
    • History of American Politics
    • Intercultural Relations: Issues and Debates
    • The International System
    • Globalization
    • Contemporary International Relations
    • History of the Cold War
    • European Union
    • Causes and Prevention of War
    • Cosmopolis: From the Roman to the Ottoman and British Empires
    • Interculturalism and Europe
    • European Union: The Challenges
    • Conflict Analysis and Resolution
    • State and Society in the EU Member States


    Course Name

    • American Theater
    • American Intellectual History I
    • American Intellectual History II
    • American Poetry
    • American Novel to 1900
    • American Novel From 1900
    • Contemporary American Short Story
    • Modern American Drama
    • American Pragmatism
    • Contemporary Native American Writers
    • The History of the Book in America
    • Transatlantic Currents in American Women's Fiction and Poetry
    • Contemporary African-American Women Writers
    • World Mythology
    • Introduction to Drama
    • The English Novel (19th Century)
    • Introduction to the Novel
    • Poetry
    • The Short Story
    • Modern Drama
    • Shakespeare I (Comedies, Romances, Problem Plays)
    • Shakespeare II (Tragedies, Roman Plays, Histories)
    • Renaissance Literature
    • Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Literature
    • Modern British Fiction I (to the 1950s)
    • Modern British Fiction II (1950s to present)
    • Theory and Practice of Criticism
    • British Drama
    • Introduction to Popular Culture
    • Major Writers of the Victorian Period
    • Post-Colonial Literature
    • Romantic Poetry
    • Modern Poetry
    • Twentieth Century Poetry
    • Humanities and Social Science Honors Seminar
    • Literature and Society


    Course Name

    • Analysis of Moving Image
    • Film Theory and Criticism
    • Visual Technologies and Visual Narratives
    • Interactive Media Design and Development
    • Fine Arts Seminar
    • Philosophy of Art I
    • Philosophy of Art II
    • History of Art III
    • History of Art IV
    • Analysis of Art Work I
    • Analysis of Art Work II
    • History of Graphic Art
    • Readings in Near Eastern Art and Archaeology
    • Readings in Anatolian Art and Archaeology
    • Readings in Greek Art and Archaeology
    • Readings in Roman Art and Archaeology
    • Readings in Byzantine Art and Archaeology


    Course Name

    • Film Theory and Criticism
    • Media and Society
    • Popular Culture
    • Introduction to Advertising
    • Media Industries
    • New Media
    • Music and Media
    • Media, Memory and Culture
    • Media Theory and Methods
    • Global Communications
    • Principles of Journalism
    • Gender and Media
    • Media Ethics
    • War, Peace and Security
    • International Relations Theory
    • Politics of International Economy
    • Human Rights and Human Security Regimes
    • Environmental Issues and Ecological Sustainability
    • Game Theory and International Politics
    • International Environmental Politics
    • Global Economic Governance
    • International Ethics
    • Environment Philosophy and Ethics
    • A Concise History of Mathematics
    • Introduction to Modern Biology
    • Science and Ethics
    • Molecular Basis of Evolution
    • Introduction to Human Genetics
    • Advanced Philosophy of Language
    • Advanced Philosophy of Mind
    • Medieval Philosophy
    • Nineteenth Century Philosophy
    • Introduction to Phenomenology
    • History of Analytic Philosophy
    • What is a Mind?
    • Philosophy of Mathematics
    • Foundations of Cognitive Science
    • Consciousness
    • Moral Psychology
    • From the Kitchen to the Streets: An Introduction to Feminism
    • Basic Physics II
    • Quantum Physics
    • Ethics and Morality in Daily Life
    • Political Concepts
    • World Politics I
    • Issues in Political Theory
    • Science, Society and Technology
    • World Politics II
    • Public Opinion and Political Behavior in Democracies
    • Body and Emotions in Social Life
    • Liberalism and Socialism: Past and Present
    • Life, Nature and Politics
    • Film and Politics
    • Ethics and Politics
    • International Political Economy
    • Workshop in Cognitive Psychology Research
    • Perception, Attention, and Action
    • Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Selected Topics in Cognitive Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Psychological Testing and Measurement
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
    • Industrial and Organisational Psychology
    • Economic Psychology and Consumer Behaviour
    • Cross-cultural Psychology
    • Mind in Evolution
    • Theory of Mind
    • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Learning: Theory and Practice

    MBG 110 or PHYS 108 may be taken as elective, if not taken the second year.


    Professor Tom Nagel (New York University) regards fundamental research on nine core areas -- how we know anything; other minds; the mind-body problem; the meaning of words; free will; right and wrong; justice; death; the meaning of life -- as the essential responsibilities of a philosopher. The best way to become skilled at philosophy is to think about these topics analytically and in the tradition of rational inquiry.

    Since its inception, the Department of Philosophy has hosted numerous distinguished analytic philosophers as short- or long-term visitors. The staff members, while pursuing diverse interests within the discipline, also subscribe to the analytic vision. The Minor Program in philosophy should arm a student who completes its course requirements with an indispensable background (and tricks of the trade) needed for advanced study. The courses in the Program study the original philosophical works in the foregoing areas mentioned by Nagel.

    Prerequisite Courses: None



    Course Name

    • Introduction to Philosophy I
    • Introduction to Philosophy II
    • Epistemology

    Electives (3)


    Course Name

    • Ancient Philosophy
    • Ethics
    • Rationalists
    • Empiricists
    • Political Philosophy
    • Social and Legal Philosophy
    • Kant
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Philosophy of Language
    • Philosophy of Mind
    • Metaphysics
    • Aesthetics

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test : 87

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.


    International students, who had graduated or are expecting to graduate from a High School equivalent to Turkish High Schools in Turkey, can apply to Bilkent University. All International applicants who are applying for full-time undergraduate degree programs are required to fill out the following application form at:

    Online Application Form

    The applications for:

    • 2014-2015 Academic Year Spring Semester, beginning on 2 February 2015, will be open between 15 October - 15 December 2014
    • 2015-2016 Academic Year Fall Semester, beginning in mid-September 2015, will be open between 15 October 2014 - 16 July 2015

    How to complete your online application:

    Step 1: Obtain a login ID and password

    Step 2: Fill out the personal information part and upload the personal information page of your passport.

    Step 3: Fill out the family Information part. All students who would like to be considered for partial tuition wavier recipients are recommended to fill out this part.


    Bilkent accepts the photocopies of exams/diplomas and certificates listed below for application. In the absence of national or international exams, high school graduation score can be evaluated for admission. Scanned copies of Turkish or English translation of the high school diploma and official transcript along with the explanation of the high school’s grading system should be submitted for application.

    • - In the SAT I, a total score of at least 1000 out of 1600 (in the combined Critical Reading and Math Reasoning tests), depending on the department to which application is made.
    • - In the General Certificate Education (GCE), including Cambridge International A Level, at least three A level scores, one of which is received in the particular subject area of the program applied for.
    • - In the ACT examination, a minimum score of 24 in Mathematics, Science and Composite.
    • - In the TQDK examination, a minimum score of 450 out of 700 in "Group II-III-IV" and a minimum score of 550 out of 700 in "Group I".
    • - In the Baccalaureate Libanais examinations given in Lebanon, a diploma score of at least 14 in the Scientific Stream.
    • - In the Tawjih examinations given in Jordan and Palestine, a minimum average of 85 points in all courses in the Scientific Stream.
    • - In the West African Examinations Council - (International) Senior School Certificate examination (WAEC - SSCE), a maximum score of 2 in each of the six subjects, and a maximum total score of 9 from the same six subjects.
    • - An International Baccalaureate diploma with a diploma score of at least 28 or higher up to 32 depending on the department to which application is made.
    • - A French Baccalaureate diploma with a diploma score of at least 12.
    • - ABITUR with a score of at least 4 and a minimum score of 5 out of 15 in the subjects related to the program applied for.
    • - In the Libyan Al Shahada Al Thanawiya examination, a score of at least 195 in the Scientific Stream for Engineering and Science programs and at least 185 in the Social Sciences / Art Stream for other programs.
    • - In the Gao Kao examination of the People's Republic of China, a score of at least 540 (It may vary according to the department applied for).
    • - In Diploma Debirestan / Pisdanesgahi administered in Iran, with a score of at least 16 out of 20.
    • - In the International University Test examination administered in Kazakhstan, a minimum score of 85 out of 100.
    • - Gold, silver or bronze medals in the International Science Olympiads (*) recognized by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey):

    * (IOI) The International Olympiad in Informatics
    (IBO) The International Biology Olympiad
    (IPhO) The International Physics Olympiad
    (IChO) The International Chemistry Olympiad
    (IMO) The International Mathematical Olympiad
    (JBMO) Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad
    (BMO) Balkan Mathematical Olympiad
    (BOI) Balkan Olympiad in Informatics


    As Bilkent is an English medium university, students are required to meet the language requirement to be able to pursue their studies in their departments. The language requirement can be met through the submission of an exam result meeting the minimum requirements in any of the following exams as outlined below:

    • TOEFL iBT, a score of at least 87
    • IELTS Academic, a score of at least 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 scored in every section
    • CAE, a grade of at least "C"
    • FCE, a grade of at least "B"

    External exam results are valid for two years. When students submit results for any of the exams mentioned above, Bilkent University School of English Language reserves the right to investigate these exam results for reliability purposes, the right to give an exam to students to check the validity of their exam results, and the right to not accept exam results that are considered to be suspicious.

    If students cannot submit an exam result which meets the minimum requirements, they can take the COPE exam administered by Bilkent University after registration. Students, who cannot meet the minimum pass score in the COPE exam, will have to attend classes in the English Language Preparatory Program which is a one to two year program where they will receive 25-30 hours of classroom input every week.

    PLEASE NOTE: The exam results must be sent to the university directly by the related institution. The exam results that are not sent to the university by the related institution will not be accepted.

    • TOEFL should be sent directly from ETS to Bilkent University - CODE: 0620.
    • IELTS should be sent directly from British Council to Bilkent University.

    Step 6: List and rank your selected programs up to 5 choices. Please note that students who choose Graphic Design; Fine Arts and Music must take an aptitude test administered by the related faculties in August.

    Step 7: Please write a 250-word statement of purpose describing your academic goals and reasons to study at Bilkent.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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    Scholarships for International Students
  • Prospective students who apply for financial assistance are evaluated according to their high school grades, their national and/or international exam scores, and other relevant academic criteria.

  • Qualified applicants are offered partial or full tuition waiver scholarships. Tuition waiver scholarships are awarded at five levels, ranging from 20% to 100% in increments of 20%. Accommodation scholarships are also available for a limited number of top students who are on full tuition waiver scholarship.

  • Students can benefit from scholarships for maximum of 2 years in the English Preparatory Program and for a maximum of 5 years in 4-year undergraduate programs.

  • Students on scholarship are required to take at least the minimum course load* specified for their department each semester (excluding any withdrawn courses**, GE100, GE251 and non-credit courses) and to maintain a minimum annual GPA of 2.00/4.00. (The annual GPA is calculated as a weighted average of Fall and Spring semester grades; courses taken in the optional Summer School are also included in calculation.) English Preparatory Program students are required to qualify to take the ECA or COPE exam at the end of each course or pass COPE by the end of the academic year. Scholarships of students who fail to meet these conditions will be decreased one level and cannot be restored even if the students improve their performance. If there are no Fall or Spring semester courses within the annual GPA, students with less than 2.00 are given a warning; if these students fail to meet the required conditions at the end of the following year, their scholarships will be decreased by two levels.

  • Students on accommodation scholarship are required to maintain a minimum annual GPA of 2. 50/4.00. Students who fail to meet this condition will loose their accommodation scholarship.
    * The minimum course load depends on the department. This information can be found in SRS ( ) under "Information Card" and "lower limit".

    ** The number of withdraws is irrelevant, provided that students finish the semester with the minimum course load. If a student falls one course below the minimum course load by withdrawing a course, this is also possible provided that this situation occurs only once over the fall and spring semesters combined.

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