Philosophy provides us with the tools discover, examine, and evaluate insights into the meaning of knowledge, personal identity, creativity, fundamental concepts, relationships, nature, the structure of institutions, policies, values, and beliefs.
This major serves as an excellent preparation for graduate study or a career in college teaching, law, bioethics, medicine, computer programming, culture studies, social sciences, or religious studies. Philosophy provides a strong foundation for careers in education, business, research, writing, or counseling.
The Philosophy department encourages and helps students to arrange double majors, especially with the departments of Art, Political Science, Business, English, and Religious Studies. Other double majors with philosophy can be arranged.
Lower Division. One class from each of the following groups:
Upper Division. At least ten are upper division courses in Philosophy. Students will select one of the following programs:
A program of study primarily for those interested in pursuing graduate study in Philosophy. Students must take at least:
A program of study primarily for those interested in fields where a background in Philosophy is particularly valuable, such as law, bioethics, business ethics, medicine, women's studies, or culture studies. Students must take at least:
Total Units in Philosophy: 36.
Plus general studies requirements and electives totaling 124 semester units, including foreign language requirement.
Independent studies are open to philosophy majors and minors who wish to explore an area of philosophy for advanced or specialized work. Any non-major wishing to do an independent study in philosophy must have a clearly defined goal and must confer with both the faculty member and the chair of the department to see if it is appropriate. Independent studies require independent research. Students are expected to meet the faculty member at least one hour per week, undertaking an equivalent amount of work that would be expected in a 3 credit course. Normally, independent studies are not intended to replace a course taught in the department. For details on what must be included in your petition for an independent study, please contact the Chair of the Philosophy department.
A minimum of 21 units in philosophy, 15 of which must be upper division, approved by the Philosophy department. This includes:
Minors who wish to emphasize a particular area (such as Business Ethics, Bioethics, Aesthetics, or Social and Political Philosophy) are encouraged to contact the Chair of the Philosophy department for assistance.