An overview of Philosophy

The Faculty of Philosophy offers three cycles of study with a set of training disciplines organized according to the objectives to be achieved and the final titles.

The first cycle, institutional, with a three-year course, offers a basic philosophical training complete and solid enough to allow students who have attended the courses and have fulfilled all academic commitments, to achieve:

– the Baccalaureate in Philosophy (180 ECTS);
– two-year training (120 ECTS) required to access the first cycle of theology studies.

To be admitted to the first cycle as an ordinary student, it is necessary to have obtained a diploma of higher secondary education which gives access to university in the country of origin of the student.

This three-year Baccalaureate configuration fits the “Bologna Process” for university studies in Europe and follows the Decree of Reform of Ecclesiastical Philosophy Studies of the Congregation for Catholic Education (28.1.2011). Consequently, the Statutes and Ordinances (III, B. 1. A) were updated and approved by the Faculty of Philosophy Council on 24 January 2012 and by the Academic Senate on 17 May 2012.

The second cycle consists of two years of specialization that allows students who have attended the courses and have fulfilled all academic commitments to achieve the Licentiate in Philosophy (120 ECTS) with specialization in Philosophy of Religion.

The Baccalaureate in Philosophy is necessary to enroll in the second cycle.

The third cycle offers students a PhD in Philosophy (180 ECTS) with the aim of training researchers and professors at the university level.

For admission to the third cycle, the degree of License in Philosophy with the minimum qualification of magna cum laude is required.

Non-Italian students must pass the Italian language exam certifying the ability to follow the lessons. Those who do not pass the exam must follow the Italian language course proposed by the University.