Jun 29, 2022  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023

Philosophy (BA)

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The major in philosophy is designed to acquaint students with the fundamental problems that are debated within western philosophical thought, and to introduce them to the concepts and techniques necessary for independent philosophical thinking. It is equally intended to provide a broadening perspective for the various areas of specialization in the natural and social sciences and in literature and the arts. 

The major in philosophy requires eight courses in philosophy; six of these must be at the upper-division level.

Total units for degree: 128

One course must be a gateway course:

Completing a gateway course is recommended prior to enrolling in any 400-level Philosophy course.

Distribution Requirement

Students must take at least one course from each of the three categories listed below:


Eligibility to graduate with departmental honors distinction requires completion of all required major courses with a minimum 3.5 GPA in upper division Philosophy coursework, in addition to completing PHIL 495 Honors Capstone. In semesters when PHIL 495 is not offered, students may enroll in PHIL 494 Senior Thesis. Enrollment in either PHIL 494 or PHIL 495 is open to senior standing students only and prior completion of at least two 400-level Philosophy courses is highly recommended.  

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