Department of Philosophy


Programme Profile

To contribute to the student’s formation of a philosophical point of view, to develop their knowledge on the history of philosophy, and to develop their ability to reflect on philosophical problems, are the main objectives of our department that transmits on the one hand the universal philosophical heritage to its students through courses on the history of philosophy, and on the other, through the courses on systematic philosophy, our department introduces its students to new challenges in the world of contemporary philosophy. Apart from the compulsory and optional courses of philosophy, undergraduate students may, with the approval of their adviser, also choose courses from other departments. Besides English and French, which allow immediate access by students to classic philosophical texts, the philosophy department gives students the opportunity to learn Latin, Greek and Ottoman.

Qualification Awarded

The students who have successfully completed this programme are awarded the Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy.

Level of Qualification

This is a First Cycle programme.

Access Requirements

Programme Requirements and Regulations

The Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science is awarded to students who have successfully completed all the compulsory courses in the curriculum and the required number of elective courses in their chosen area of interest on the condition that they have obtained a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 out of 4.00. The minimum number of ECTS credits required for graduation is 240.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Programme Outcomes

1 Analyze philosophical texts with analytical and critical rigor;
2 Get an exhaustive knowledge on the history of philosophy; from antiquity to 20th century;
3 Provide access to information and expertise in the fields of systematic philosophy, such as ethic, esthetic, history of science, philosophy of society;
4 Establish the relation between philosophy and other fields of knowledge, such as, history, psychology, anthropology, sociology and other positive sciences;
5 Learn the theories of political science and the philosophical evaluation of historical and actual events;
6 Have a sufficient level of French and English in order to follow philosophical debates;
7 Have a sufficient level of the ancient Greek, Latin and Ottoman languages for reading philosophical texts written in these;
8 Develop a creative thinking and a knowledge of aesthetic theories which will allow the analysis of artworks and the history of art;
9 Acquire academic research methods and writing ability as well as to develop analytical skills, interpretation and criticism.

Occupation Profiles of Graduates

Besides giving a basic philosophical education, our department aims to form highly intellectual and responsible individuals before world problems, having a wide perspective on social sciences. Some of our graduates follow their academic researches in Turkish or international universities while others prefer to be active in the fields of education, culture, art, publishing or press.

Access to Further Studies

The students graduated from this programme may apply to Master (Second Cycle) programmes.

Grading Scheme and Grade Distribution Guidance

The grade of a student in any course is calculated on the basis of all the grades achieved by a student in mid-term, final or  make-up exam and in other assignments.


A student’s success is assessed by the course instructor through the curve system, that is by taking into account the number of students taking the course and the average grade of the entire class.


For each course taken, the student is given one of the following letter grades by the instructor:


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A student who has received a letter grade of (AA-excellent), (BA-very good), (BB-good), (CB-satisfactory), or (CC-sufficient) in any course is considered successful. Students who have received a grade of (DC-conditional passing) or (DD-conditional passing) are also considered successful provided that their cumulative grade point average is at least “2.00”. The letter grade (F) indicates failure.


Cumulative Grade Point Averages (CGPA): The total credit points for a course are obtained by multiplying the grade points by the ECTS credits. In order to calculate CGPA. the sum of total credit points earned in all the courses taken by a student is divided by the sum of all ECTS credits.


Mode of Study

This is a full-time programme.


Head of Department (or equivalent): Prof. Dr Melih Başaran
Adress: Çırağan Caddesi, No 36, 34357, Ortaköy/Istanbul/Turkey
Telephone: 00902122274480

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