Academics

Bachelor of Arts

General Philosophy Major Requirements

The general philosophy major consists of eleven courses in philosophy, or ten courses in philosophy and one (only) of the following courses: GOVT 310-321 (any of the political theory courses) or HIST 314 European Thought and Culture: 1945-Present.

All majors must take eight core courses, as follows. No single course can count for more than one of these areas.

  • One introductory-level course: either PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy, PHIL 120 Ethics and Social Philosophy, or PHIL 150 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
  • Two courses in Historical Foundations of Western Philosophy: PHIL 200 Greek Philosophy and 220 Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Philosophy
  • At least one course in non-Western philosophy: PHIL 150 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy, 312 Chinese Buddhism, 314 Daoism, or 316 Confucianism
  • At least one course in logic: PHIL 351352 (both needed if offered as twosemester, two-unit courses), or 350
  • At least one advanced course in ethics: PHIL 320, 330, or 331
  • At least one advanced course in metaphysics or epistemology: PHIL 300, 312, 314, or 340
  • Two semesters of PHIL 461 Philosophy Practicum

An appropriate 300 or 400 level topics course can be substituted for any given requirement with Chair approval. No more than three 100-level courses may count toward the major.

Emphasis in Chinese Philosophy Requirements

The Chinese Philosophy emphasis consists of eleven courses as follows:

  • PHIL 150 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
  • Two of the following three courses: PHIL 312 Chinese Buddhism, 314 Daoism, or 316 Confucianism
  • Two courses in Historical Foundations of Western Philosophy: PHIL 200 Greek Philosophy and 220 Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Philosophy
  • At least one course in logic: PHIL 350 or 351-352 (both needed if offered as two semester, two-unit courses)
  • At least one advanced course in Ethics (PHIL 316 Confucianism can meet this requirement)
  • At least one advanced course in Metaphysics or Epistemology (PHIL 312 Chinese Buddhism or 314 Daoism can meet this requirement)
  • Two courses in Chinese culture from the following: PHIL 160 Chinese Civilization, HIST 141 Classical Asian Civilization: China and Japan, AST 111 Introduction to Asian Literature, AST 120 Chinese/ Japanese Calligraphy, GOVT 222 Asian Politics and Development
  • Two semesters of PHIL 461 Philosophy Practicum; the Capstone project must address a topic in Chinese Philosophy
  • Electives in Philosophy, including at least one course at the 300 level or above, to total eleven courses; any of the following may count as one elective: GOVT 310-321, HIST 314

Students with this emphasis are strongly encouraged to take CHNS 101-102 Beginning Chinese (Mandarin), and/or a travel course to China during May Term, and/or study in China for a semester or a year via the university’s study abroad programs.

Emphasis in Ethics Requirements

The Ethics emphasis consists of eleven courses as follows:

  • PHIL 120 Ethics and Social Philosophy
  • Two courses in Historical Foundations of Western Philosophy: PHIL 200 Greek Philosophy and PHIL 220 Seventeenthand Eighteenth-Century Philosophy
  • At least one course in Non-Western philosophy: PHIL 150 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy, 312 Chinese Buddhism, 314 Daoism, or 316 Confucianism
  • At least one course in logic: PHIL 350 or 351-352 (both needed if offered as two semester, two-unit courses)
  • At least three courses in Ethics besides PHIL 120 (no more than one 100-level course may count); possibilities include: PHIL 140 Taking Animals Seriously, 255 Medical Ethics, 310 Philosophy and Feminism, 320 Ethics and Law, or 330 Ethics and the Environment
  • Two semesters of PHIL 461 Philosophy Practicum
  • Two electives in Philosophy, or one in Philosophy and one from the following: GOVT 310-321 (or any of the political theory courses), HIST 314

Students with this emphasis are strongly encouraged to complete a minor or a second major in a related field (e.g., Government, Environmental Studies), and to pursue an internship or community service in a pertinent area.

 


Do you know the Och Tamale?
bulldog athletics logo

The non-sensical Och Tamale chant was originally titled the "Psalm of Collegiate Thanksgiving."

More »