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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Requirements

B.A. in Philosophy (code 2-6807)

The undergraduate Philosophy program challenges students to think rigorously about some of the most profound questions people consider:

  • “What is most important in a human life?”
  • “What can I know?”
  • “Does God exist?”
  • “Do human beings have free will?”
  • “What is good and bad? What makes actions right or wrong?”
  • “What is the soul or the mind?”.

No aspect of our lives is immune from philosophical scrutiny. These and other questions are raised in courses in special areas of philosophical concern such as logic, theory of knowledge, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, and aesthetics. They are also raised in their historical context in courses which focus on great philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, the great “Rationalists” and the great “Empiricists”.

In addition, the Philosophy curriculum encourages students to examine our contemporary situation (with such courses as Existentialism, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Language, and Political Philosophy), and to extend their thinking with the philosophies of other cultures (such as those of China, Japan, and India).

New Major and Minor Requirements went into effect in fall 2000. Students enrolled prior to fall 2000 may elect to complete the major or minor under the previous requirements or may choose the new requirements. Students enrolling for the first time in fall 2000 or later must complete the new requirements.

Major Requirements

The Major in Philosophy consists of a minimum of 36 units of which at least 24 must be upper division courses.

These three courses are required:

PHIL 203 History of Early Philosophy
PHIL 204 History of Modern Philosophy
PHIL 270 Symbolic Logic

Note: either PHIL 100/100W (Introduction to Philosophy) or PHIL 160/160W (Introduction to Ethics) may be counted toward the major but are not required.

At least two upper-division courses in each of the three following groups are required:

History of Philosophy
PHIL 306 Philosophies of China and Japan
PHIL 307 Philosophies of India
PHIL 413 Continental Rationalism
PHIL 414 British Empiricism
PHIL 416 Pragmatism
PHIL 418 Existentialism
PHIL 419 Analytic Philosophy
PHIL 421 Plato
PHIL 422 Aristotle
PHIL 423 Kant
PHIL 425 Wittgenstein
PHIL 490 Special Topics: Early Philosophy
PHIL 491 Special Topics: The Modern Tradition
PHIL 492 Special topics: Twentieth Century Philosophy

Logic, Metaphysics and Epistemology
PHIL 330 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 342 Metaphysics
PHIL 381I Philosophy of Science
PHIL 382I Theory of Knowledge
PHIL 482 Cognitive Science
PHIL 484 Philosophy of Language
PHIL 483 Philosophical Psychology
PHIL 493 Special topics: Metaphysical Studies
PHIL 494 Special topics: Epistemological Studies
PHIL 495 Special Topics: Logic and Semantics

Values and Evaluation
PHIL 305/405I Philosophy in Literature
PHIL 351I Political Philosophy
PHIL 352I Philosophy of Law
PHIL 361I Philosophy of Art
PHIL 363 Ethical Theory
PHIL 400I Business Ethics
PHIL 401 Philosophy and Education
PHIL 403I Medical Ethics
PHIL 451I Liberty & Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in American Law
PHIL 452I Law, Philosophy, and the Humanities
PHIL 461I Diversity in Criticism and Analysis of the Arts
PHIL 496 Special Topics: Value and Evaluation

Note concerning Honors in Philosophy courses: Up to 6 units of 497 and/or 498 may be counted toward the major.