Penn State University Mark

Bachelor of Philosophy


Who should apply

Second, third, and fourth-semester students may apply. Students must show successful completion of university-level course work; in practical terms, students must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average.

Students who plan to apply will need the support of a faculty member who will serve as a mentor and adviser. They should also carefully examine whether their undergraduate educational goals can be met through an existing academic major, or whether doing so requires a unique program of courses and activities. Bachelor of Philosophy students must be self-motivated and able to engage in a sustained program of academic discovery culminating in a capstone project or thesis that is shared with others.

Examples of B Phil Themes

Application steps