The ultimate goal of the Philosophy Program is to enable students to gain a holistic view and competency of analytical reasoning. To accomplish these aims, some other courses will be covered by the program such as literature, language, history, art, physics, biology, psychology, computer science, mathematics in addition to the philosophy courses. By this way, students can approach different sources of thought without any prejudice and can improve themselves. Additionally, philosophy students have the chance of enrolling in a minor program in Psychology which will begin to accept students in the 2019-2020 Fall semester.
The Program has three fundamental aims:
(1) Gaining the Ability of Critical Thinking: Philosophy is not only made of the history of philosophy and the views of other philosophers. Indeed, the logical and rational frame has to be followed in the expression of views and thoughts in the academic sense. This frame eases separating knowledge from false belief, the central from the peripherical, the useful from the non-useful by means of critical thinking provided by philosophy. The model of critical thinking is an effective tool for improvement of democracy, increasing the capacity of any forms, emphasizing the human rights and fighting against the discrimination. A student equipped with the advanced readings of the Philosophy Program makes more incisive decisions at separating the real from the unreal.
(2) Gaining the Ability of Effectively Expressing One's Thoughts: The most significant gain of the philosophical formation is to identify one's own position on a thought after discussing it comperehensively. This transforms the student into the position of an active debater from that of a passive one where only a one-sided transmission is the case. Students at the Philosophy Program where the rote-learning cannot be sufficient are not only understanding the views of philosophers and interpreting them, but also argumentatively expressing their own thoughts in a consistent, liberal, and effective way.
(3) Transfer of Scientific and Cultural Heritage: With respect to other disciplines, the Philosophy Program (where the followings are dealt with in details: moral values determining the history of Eastern and Western thought and life style, political systems and thoughts, human rights, knowledge and human nature) stronlgy does the transfer of scientific and cultural heritage. The history of philosophy is the history of intellectual heritage.
The aim of Philosophy (Major) Program is to train undergraduate and graduate students who can effectively use philosophical thinking, analysis and academic research.The students will gain the ability of critical thinking through courses, seminars, and other academic activities. The Philosphy Program aims to endow students with an interdisciplinary formation in a broad spectrum covering topics from politics to mind, from logic to history of science, from intuitive thought to rational perspectives, from ethics to aesthetics.
The Philosophy Program aims students to gain benefit from the accumulation of knowledge of Western, Eastern and Turkish thinkers, and an awareness about the Western and domestic dimensions of philosphy with the help of diversity of the courses included in the curriculum.
The Program concentrates on the theoretical character of the philosophical thinking as well as its practical effects in the social life. In this context, the curriculum forming the content of the program deals with the knowledge in a holistic and comprehensive way, and approaches to the events in social life and the problems in a realistic way.
Instruction language is Turkish. One-year English preparation is dependent on the student's preference.
The Philosophy Undergraduate Program has founded in 2017. The first students entered the Undergraduate Program in Fall 2017-2018, while those of the Graduate Program entered in 2019.
Philosophy Undergraduate Program accepts students by considering their LYS (Undergraduate Placement Exam) test scores, and the decision pertaining to placement is central, which means that it is made by the Higher Education Council.
Students, who are accepted as a result of either External Transfer Exam or Internal Transfer Exam or Undergraduate Placement Exam, are exempted from some of their courses that are already taken in another institution or department if the evaluation of our Adjustment Commission is affirmative. These exempted courses have to be compatible with the weekly course schedule and curriculum of our Philosophy Program.
A student must complete her course load successfully, satisfy all the requirements of the program including compulsory practical training or internship, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in order to graduate from the enrolled program. The graduation day of the student is the last day of the final exams in the relevant semester. However, if the student is not able to graduate until this date because of the requirements of her course load, practical training, senior project/thesis and so on, she can graduate when these requirements are satisfied. For the students graduating with the formation of teaching, there is a cooperation with the highschools run by the Turkish Republic Ministry of National Education in order to enable students to perform practical training for an anticipated period of time.
The success of a student in a course is determined by the faculty member responsible of this course and it is done by considering the letter grade that is given to the student (the midterm is 40 percentage of the grade and the final exam is 60%). The student must have a minimum letter grade of CC in order to be assumed successful. If the student has AA, BB, CB or CC as the letter grade of a course, she is acknowledged succeeding that course. However, if the student has DC or DD, she must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 for that semester in order to be assumed succesful in that course. Otherwise, the student repeats that course. The evaluation related to the courses of a student with conditional pass (with grades of DC or DD) is made after the make-up exams.
Students graduating from the program assume the title of philosopher. In accordance with the goals mentioned above, students with the formation of Philosophy Program contribute to scientific knowledge and social welfare in a way regardless of their postgradute work and areas of interest, and as the individuals who can follow the scientific and social development, evaluate their consequences, not avoiding taking initiative in solving problems, and collaborate with other institutions. Students graduating from the Philosophy Department can find a position as a philosophy-group teacher in government schools or as a counsellor in private schools and training centers if they complete a relevant certificate program for teaching. Students can also find a position in Turkish Radio and Television Corporation and in press, in the units of public institutions related to education and culture, in public relations and planning departments in private sector. In addition to these, students can do independent work in researches held in the domain of social sciences.
Candidates, who successfully completed their undergraduate education, can maintaine their graduate studies either in their own department or in other departments. It is possible if the candidates take a pass grade from ALES (Academic Personnel Graduate Education Exam) and have a sufficiently good familiarity with a foreign language specified by their department.