B.A. Program in Philosophy

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Philosophy is an adventure of the mind. Philosophy majors read and discuss ideas generated by some of the greatest thinkers in history, putting these ideas in conversation with each other and with contemporary concerns. Philosophy students also learn to look at theoretical and practical problems from a philosophical perspective.

Because the study of philosophy develops a student's ability to analyze ideas and arguments, to think critically, and to write well, a major in philosophy provides skills that are valued by many kinds of employers and serves as appropriate pre-professional preparation for various fields, including law, medicine, psychology and theology. Additionally, the major provides preparation for students interested in obtaining a background for graduate work in philosophy.

The philosophy major is made up of three parts:

  1. Three lower-division courses consisting of a year-long sequence in the history of philosophy and a logic course;
  2. Seven upper-division courses that offer deeper exposure to different areas in philosophy; and
  3. One upper-level seminar that provides an opportunity to engage deeply with the works of a particular philosopher or philosophical tradition.


Course Requirements (120 units)

  • Requirements in the Major (33 units)

    PHIL 009, PHIL 057 or PHIL 157 (with permission of advisor) (3); PHIL 070A and either PHIL 070B or PHIL 070C (6); Eight upper division courses, one of which must be from the Phil 190 or Phil 290 series.

  • General Education Requirements (48 units)

    Of the 51 units required by the university, 3 may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.

  • American Institutions (6 units)

    Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.

  • Physical Education (2 units)
  • Electives 37 units

Of your total units, 40 must be upper division, made up of major and non-majors courses.


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