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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Significant critical skill
  2. Sound command of logic
  3. Competence at philosophical writing
  4. Good, general knowledge of the history of philosophy
  5. Grasp of main currents in contemporary philosophy
  6. Familiarity with methods of contemporary philosophical inquiry

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism 

Note: No major, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

PHIL 101Introduction to Philosophy4
PHIL 126Logic and Argumentative Writing (A3) 14
PHIL 230Philosophical Classics: Knowledge and Reality (C2) 14
PHIL 231Philosophical Classics: Ethics and Political Philosophy4
PHIL 241Symbolic Logic4
PHIL 321Philosophy of Science (C4) 14
PHIL 331Ethics4
PHIL 411Metaphysics4
PHIL 412Epistemology4
PHIL 459Senior Project Preparation1
PHIL 460Senior Project I1
PHIL 461Senior Project II2
History of Philosophy electives
Select from the following:4
Early Greek Philosophy through Plato
Aristotle and Hellenistic Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Select from the following:4
Early Modern Rationalism
Early Modern Empiricism
Kant and 19th Century European Philosophy
Select from the following:4
History of Analytic Philosophy
Select from History of Philosophy electives listed above4
Concentration (see below) or 20 units of PHIL electives 220
Arts and Humanities Breadth
GE Area C4 course not in PHIL4
(See GE program requirements below.)60
Free Electives40
Total units180

Concentration or Electives

Select either the following concentration or 20 units of 300-400 level PHIL electives, of which at least 12 units must be 400 level.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 12 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing (4 units in Major) 10
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5)4
B7Upper-division elective4
Area CArts and Humanities
C2Philosophy (4 units in Major) 10
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective (4 units in Major) 10
Area D Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective4
Total units60