Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$318 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

B.A./B.S. in Philosophy – Online


At its core, philosophy teaches us how to think. Likewise, the coursework in Oregon State’s online philosophy degree program will provide you with a broad education and intellectual skills that will serve you well in many areas of life.

Learn how to showcase critical thinking skills and a diversity of thought in your writing by organizing it around philosophically appropriate arguments. You’ll also be able to demonstrate an engagement with particular aspects of our shared world through philosophical arguments and concepts.

The online courses are taught by Oregon State faculty who have research strengths in areas such as social and political philosophy, ethics, disability studies, environmental philosophy and justice, and the philosophy of science.

Degree requirements

minimum of 180 quarter credits  including at least 60 upper-division credits  are required to graduate with your philosophy degree. Major requirements and curriculum information are available on Oregon State's academic catalog.

Phish concert

Learn at live Phish concerts

Each summer, OSU philosophy professor Stephanie Jenkins follows the improvisational rock band Phish on tour and leads an Ecampus course online all the while. The class, PHL 360: Philosophy and the Arts, uses live Phish concerts as field sites for exploring the philosophy of art and music.

For details about OSU's Baccalaureate Core, please visit our bacc core details page. You can also find information online about the College of Liberal Arts core.

Sample course topics

  • The meaning of existence
  • Political philosophy
  • Biomedical ethics
  • History of Western philosophy
  • Logic and reasoning
  • Native American philosophies
  • Philosophy and the arts
  • Ethics and the environment
  • Philosophy and religion

Transfer credits

Some degree requirements may be transferred from other institutions. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 credits in this degree program must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to OSU for appropriate articulation. Find more information about transferring credits using the Office of Admissions’ single-course search tool.

Add a minor

As an OSU Ecampus student, you'll have the ability to add a minor to your bachelor's degree program. Oregon State offers a diverse selection of minors online. Combine philosophy with a minor in women, gender and sexuality studies to create an even more powerful résumé fit for today's job market. You could also consider an Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Humanities.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization to operate in your state.

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