Philosophy at the Faculty of Catholic Theology, Bachelor of Arts (BA) 

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What will I learn?
Philosophy attempts to find answers which meet contemporary scientific criteria to the fundamental questions of human existence. The BA degree course in Philosophy at the Faculty of Catholic Theology offers students an extensive education in the most important philosophical disciplines. Students gain a fundamental understanding of manifold scientific accesses to reality as well as a broad and deep knowledge of the various philosophical answers and positions developed in history and present. Moreover, graduates will learn how to describe problems precisely, to think critically, to argue logically, and to deal constructively with different perspectives. Thereby, students acquire the competence to find and provide solid orientation in society’s challenges.

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What makes Salzburg so special as a place to study?
The Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Catholic Theology offers a Bachelor’s course in a familiar environment with enthusiastic and personally committed lecturers. Students discuss abstract ideas in courses with small groups, close supervision and a friendly atmosphere. There is always room for exchange and individual interests. Seminar papers and other qualifying academic work can always be composed in interdisciplinary openness and – if required – with a close personal supervision. The relevance of philosophical thinking for the personal and social life is the department’s central concern. This concern is reflected in its main emphasis: to philosophically question human being in all of its metaphysical and historical foundations as well as its psychological, social, existential, religious and moral dimensions.

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Which career opportunities do I have?
Philosophy graduates are able to deal critically and creatively with various problems. Along with their intellectual flexibility, sensitivity and openness, their sense of what is appropriate and a rich repertoire of attempts at a solution makes philosophers competent partners in dialogue, who face society’s current challenges with far-sightedness and a keen insight. As distinct from courses geared towards specific careers (as, for example, teacher training programmes, medical training, studies in architecture, etc.), Philosophy graduates can choose from a wide range of career options, especially in combination with an additional specialist training. Possible careers include culture and human resources management, management consultancy and coaching, library, publishing and media work, adult education, politics and policy counselling, information technology, environment protection and ethics counselling. Students can deepen their acquired knowledge in a subsequent Master’s course and embark on a scientific career.

Course Duration/ ECTS: 6 semesters / 180 ECTS
University degree:
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Admission Requirements:
– Matura or school leaving certificate (e.g., Abitur (GER), GCElevels (UK), Diplome du Baccalaureat de l’Enseignement duSecond Degre (F), Titulo de Bachiller (E), Attestat (RSF)), which is comparable in length and quality to the Austrian Matura.
– Successful high school diploma in Latin(min. 10 hours/week). If these necessary requirementsare not met, students have to take a supplementaryexamination in Latin before their Bachelor’s examination.
Language of instruction: German (Proof of language proficiency)
Dates and Deadlines: 
– The dates and deadlines change every semester.
– The current deadlines and dates can be found here.
Information on the department: Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Catholic Theology
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