Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Requirements (57 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

Requirements for the B.A. in Philosophy (Program Code: PHIL)

Upper-division requirements (57 units)

History of Philosophy (12)
PHIL 311Ancient Philosophy4
PHIL 313History of Modern Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality4
PHIL 314History of Modern Philosophy: Ethics and Politics4
Logic (4)
PHIL 300Predicate Logic4
Metaphysics/Language (4)
PHIL 380Metaphysics4
or PHIL 387 Philosophy of Language
Knowledge/Science (4)
PHIL 385Theory of Knowledge4
or PHIL 386 Philosophy of Science
Value Theory (4)
Four units chosen from:4
Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy: Classical Political Theories
Social and Political Philosophy: Themes in Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Jurisprudence
Advanced Issues (4)
Four units chosen from:4
Advanced Issues in Logic
Advanced Issues in History of Philosophy
Advanced Issues in Value Theory
Advanced Issues in Philosophy of Religion
Advanced Issues in Metaphysics and Knowledge
Senior Project (25)
PHIL 516Senior Project1
Twenty-four units chosen from philosophy courses with at most eight units at the 100- or 200-level; PHIL 200 must be included among these courses unless it is taken to satisfy the GE Critical Thinking (A4) requirement. 24
Total Units57

No 100- or 200-level course used to satisfy a General Education requirement will be included among courses which count toward the major. No course counts in more than one category of the major; however, for courses such as courses in Advanced Issues which can be repeated with different topics, the different topics may apply in different categories.

Critical Thinking: Majors need not satisfy the GE Critical Thinking Requirement with PHIL 200; but students who fulfill the requirement with PHIL 200 thereby satisfy the prerequisite for PHIL 300.

Course Offerings: The Department of Philosophy offers courses required for the major on a regular basis; consult department office or website for the current schedule.

Electives: A major or minor in philosophy is an exceptionally flexible tool. All students should consult with an advisor in planning their course of study.

Graduate Study in Philosophy: Students planning to apply for graduate programs in philosophy should complete at least eight additional units of upper-division philosophy, and emphasize in electives additional courses from the core areas 1 through 6 above. Students may also need to pursue proficiency in one foreign language especially French, German, Latin, or Greek.

Medical/Helping Professions: Students who will pursue careers in medical and helping professions are encouraged to include among their electives at least three courses from among

PHIL 191Introduction to Ethics4
PHIL 350Ethics4
PHIL 353Topics in Applied Ethics4
PHIL 355Contemporary Ethical Issues4
PHIL 460Advanced Issues in Value Theory4

Business or Economics: Students who will pursue careers in business or economics are encouraged to include among their electives at least three courses from among

PHIL 191Introduction to Ethics4
PHIL 350Ethics4
PHIL 359Philosophy and Economics4
PHIL 460Advanced Issues in Value Theory4

Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence: Majors who will pursue careers in these and related fields are encouraged to include among their electives at least three courses from among

PHIL 300Predicate Logic4
PHIL 384APhilosophy of Mind4
PHIL 384BPhilosophy of Mind4
PHIL 400Advanced Issues in Logic4
PHIL 485Advanced Issues in Metaphysics and Knowledge4

Law and Politics: A major in philosophy is excellent preparation for law school because of its emphasis on analytical reasoning and writing. Students interested in careers in law or politics are advised to include among their electives at least three courses from

PHIL 350Ethics4
PHIL 351Topics in Moral and Political Philosophy4
PHIL 359Philosophy and Economics4
PHIL 361ASocial and Political Philosophy: Classical Political Theories4
PHIL 361BSocial and Political Philosophy: Themes in Social and Political Philosophy4
PHIL 362Philosophy of Law4
PHIL 460Advanced Issues in Value Theory4

Religious Studies: A major in philosophy is excellent preparation for graduate study in theology. Students interested in careers in theology are advised to include among their electives at least three courses from

PHIL 192Introduction to Philosophy of Religion4
PHIL 312Medieval Philosophy4
PHIL 372Philosophy of Religion4
PHIL 375Non-Western Philosophy4
PHIL 472Advanced Issues in Philosophy of Religion4