A three-year course which is an organic presentation of the various parts of philosophy, and exposes the student to the different philosophical systems and introduces him/her into the method of scientific research.

Admission Requirements

At least, the Completion of a Secondary Education or its equivalent;

Written Recommendation/Permission from the Ordinary or Major Superior;

International students must accomplish all the legal requirements needed to pursue their studies in the University;

All applicants must have a working knowledge in Latin;

Must take and pass the entrance examination.

Courses Offered

Requirements for the degree

To have passed all the above subjects with a weighted average of at least 1.95;

To have completed in the Faculty at least 60% of the total number of units required, otherwise the student may not be eligible to take the examination for the degree;

To apply officially for the oral examination at the office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties;

To pass the oral examination in front of a panel of three faculty members;

The final grade and honor for Ph.B. is composed of 70% of the weighted average and 30% of the grade in the oral examination;

Any student must accomplish in the Faculty of Philosophy not less than 76% of the total number of units required by the curriculum before he will be conferred with an academic honor.

Guidelines for the Oral Comprehensive Examination

All candidates for graduation (Ph.B.) must secure an application form for Oral Comprehensive Examination and the list of Theses for the examination.

Those who are qualified to take the examination for the degree (with general weighted average of at least 1.95) shall be assigned to a particular panel of three examiners. The list of qualified applicants must be posted not later than the day before the schedule of the examination.

On the examination day, the members of the tribunal shall individually examine the candidates assigned to them for at least fifteen (15) minutes each. This format may however be revised depending on the recommendation of the Faculty Council.

After all the candidates have been examined, the members of the tribunal shall cast their individual votes for each candidate. The Tribunal members will first decide whether a concerned candidate has passed the examination or not; then they will have to provide the grade of the respective candidate for the oral examination, using the following tabulation:

Number of Balls Equivalent Grade
15 1.00
14 1.20
13 1.25
12 1.35
11 1.45
10 1.50
9 1.65
8 1.75
7 1.80
6 1.90
5 2.00
4 2.10
3 2.45
2 3.00

Required Readings for Ph.B.

  1. Collins, John F. A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin. USA: The Catholic Press of America, 1985.
  2. Aquinas, St. Thomas. Aquinas on Matter and Form and the Elelments, A translation and interpretation of De Principiis Naturae and De Mixtione Elementorum of St. Thomas. Bobik, 1998.
  3. Aquinas, St. Thomas. Commentary on Aristotle’s De Anima, trans. by Kenelm Foster, O.P., and Silvester Humphries, O.P. Indiana: Dumb Ox Books, 1994.
  4. Aquinas, St. Thomas. Commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics, trans. by John Rowan. Indiana: Dumb Ox Books, 1995.
  5. Aquinas, St. Thomas. Commentary on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, trans. by C. I. Litzinger, O.P., Indiana: Dumb Ox Books, 1993.
  6. Aquinas, St. Thomas. Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics. Indiana: Dumb Ox Books, 1999.
  7. Ashley, O.P., Benedict. The Way Toward Wisdom, 2009.
  8. Cantor, Norman. The Medieval Reader, 1998.
  9. Cantor, Norman. The Civilization of the Middle Ages, 1994.
  10. Pope, Alexander (ed). Ethics in Aquinas. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2002.
  11. Sertillanges, A.G., O.P. The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods. Scholarly Books Services, 2002.
  12. Torrell, Jean-Pierre, O.P. Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Person and His Works, vol. 1 (trans. Robert Royal). Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1996.
  13. Turabian, Kate. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations, 6th edition, 1996.
  14. Bauerschidt, Frederick Christian. Holy Teaching. Introducing the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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