Jun 14, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

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 course work, 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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