Advising Course Plan - Philosophy Major

A major in philosophy is designed to be maximally flexible. The major has few prerequisites. Students can take most courses anytime they are taught, although we strongly recommend that students take PHIL 101B before taking a 300- or 400-level class. The only courses students are required to take in a certain order are PHIL 399 and PHIL 499. Students should take PHIL 399 during the spring semester of their junior year and PHIL 499 the fall semester of their senior year. Students have also taken PHIL 399 and PHIL 499 simultaneously. Exceptions apply, as when the student is studying abroad.

Because of the major’s flexibility and because the major only requires 10 units, a significant number of our students opt to pursue a second major. Students pursuing a law degree have found this option particularly attractive. With careful planning, it is possible to receive a degree in philosophy while only taking one philosophy course most semesters. However, students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy should acquire more than 10 units within philosophy.

The following courses are offered every semester:

PHIL 101B Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 104Q Introduction to Logic

The following courses are offered every year:

PHIL 250H History of Ancient Philosophy OR PHIL 260H History of Modern Philosophy
PHIL 315V Contemporary Moral Dilemmas
PHIL 317V Environmental Ethics
PHIL 350V Ethics OR PHIL 316V Bio-Medical Ethics
PHIL 351 Epistemology OR PHIL 352 Metaphysics
PHIL 399 Research in Philosophy
PHIL 400 Department Seminar
PHIL 499 Senior Project

Additionally, the following courses are regularly offered:

PHIL 300 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 311V Philosophy of Race
PHIL 315V Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 309V Feminist Philosophy

The following is a merely recommended four-year plan. Note that ONLY PHIL 399 (Third Year, Spring Semester) and PHIL 499 (Fourth Year, Fall Semester) need to be taken at a specified time and in a specified order.

First Year
FallUnits
FSEM 100First Year Seminar1
General Education Requirement1
General Education Requirement1
PHIL 101BIntroduction to Philosophy1
 Term Units4
Spring
PHIL 104QIntroduction to Logic1
General Education Requirement1
General Education Requirement1
Elective or second major course1
 Term Units4
Second Year
Fall
PHIL 250H
or 260H
History of Ancient Philosophy
History of Modern Philosophy
1
General Education Requirement1
Elective or second major course1
Elective or second major course1
 Term Units4
Spring
PHIL Elective1
PHIL 350V
or 316V
Ethics
Bio-Medical Ethics
1
General Education Requirement (if needed)1
Elective or second major course1
 Term Units4
Third Year
Fall
PHIL 351
or 352
Epistemology
Metaphysics
1
PHIL Elective1
Junior Seminar (PHIL 315V counts as a JSEM but may be offered in the spring)1
Elective or second major course1
 Term Units4
Spring
PHIL 3991Research in Philosophy1
Elective or second major course1
Elective or second major course1
Elective or second major course1
 Term Units4
Fourth Year
Fall
PHIL 4992Senior Project1
Elective or second major course1
Elective or second major course1
Elective or second major course1
 Term Units4
Spring
PHIL 4003Department Seminar1
Elective or second major course1
Elective or second major course1
Elective or second major course1
 Term Units4
Total Unit: 32