Major in Philosophy

In exceptional instances, students may, with the permission of the chair, make substitutions of courses within the department for required courses. Three units may, with the permission of the chair, be taken in an allied discipline.

Section A: Required Courses (6 Units)
PHIL 101INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY3
PHIL 111INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC3
Section B: Required Courses (9 Units)
Select three of the following:9
ANCIENT GREEK PHILOSOPHY
HELLENISTIC & MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
MODERN PHILOSOPHY
TWENTIETH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY
Section C: Required Courses (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
PHILOSOPHIES OF INDIA
PHILOSOPHIES OF CHINA & JAPAN
AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY
Section D: Required Courses (6 Units)
Select two of the following:6
SOCIAL & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
RACE, CLASS AND GENDER
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
PHILOSOPHY OF THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY
ETHICS
BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
Section E: Required Courses (6 Units)
Select two of the following:6
NIETZSCHE
SYMBOLIC LOGIC
PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
PHILOSOPHY AND FILM
THEORIES OF KNOWLEDGE
AESTHETICS
PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS
Section F: Electives (6 Units)
Select two of the following:6
PHENOMENOLOGY
EXISTENTIALISM
KANT
PHILOSOPHICAL SYSTEMS
WRITNG SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES
PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS
RESEARCH TUTORIAL IN PHILOSOPHY
Total Units36

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL 102 (Core 1)3PHIL 111 (Section A)3
Core 33TSEM 102 (Core 1)3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
One course from Section B3One course from Section B3
One course from Section B3One course from Section C3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
Core or Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
One course from Section D3One course from Section D3
One course from Section E3One course from Section E3
Core or Elective3Core or Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
One course from Section E3Elective3
One course from Section G3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 120

1. Philosophically explain and discuss theories and concepts of the major thinkers of schools in Western philosophy
2. Philosophically explain and discuss culturally diverse philosophical traditions
3. Engage in a philosophical discussion of social and/or political and/or moral issues
4. Think philosophically, i.e., to analyze, articulate, synthesize, and/or creatively develop arguments, concepts, and theories
5. practice inductive and deductive reasoning, the composition of argument and demonstration, and the detection of formal and informal fallacies