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.
Majors may graduate with departmental honors by doing the following: (i) completing all major requirements, (ii) having a GPA of at least 3.5 for upper-level courses for the major, and (iii) completing the Honors Capstone Seminar (PHIL 495), or if that’s not possible, the Senior Thesis Seminar (PHIL 494). To take PHIL 494 of PHIL 495 students must be seniors and we recommend having completed 2 other 400-level Philosophy courses first.