BA in Philosophy (General Concentration)

Units required for the Major: 40

Program Description

This general concentration forms an excellent basis for a broad liberal arts education and has been the chosen mode of preparation for successful careers in such diverse areas as university teaching, government, education, medicine, consulting, publishing, business, and finance.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (6 Units)
PHIL 60Deductive Logic I3
or PHIL 61 Inductive Logic
One of the following may be counted toward the major requirements:3
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge, World and Self
History of Philosophy
Required Upper Division Courses (13 Units)
PHIL 127History of Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 128History of Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 180Knowledge and Understanding3
PHIL 181Metaphysics3
PHIL 189Senior Seminar in Philosophy1
Additional Required Upper Division Courses (3 Units)
PHIL 112History Of Ethics 3
or PHIL 152 Recent Ethical Theory
Core Electives (9 Units)
Select three Philosophy courses from courses numbered 150 or above. Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor. 19
Further Electives (9-12 Units)
Select additional courses to total a minimum of 34 upper division units 29 - 12
Total Units40-43

Note: Philosophy majors must fulfill the GE Writing Intensive "supervenient requirement" with courses in the major, only.


See the Electives List below for a list of Philosophy courses numbered 150 and above.


See list below for a list of Department approved electives.

Elective List

PHIL 100Ethics and Personal Values3
PHIL 101Ethics and Social Issues 3
PHIL 102Professional and Public Service Ethics3
PHIL 103Business and Computer Ethics3
PHIL 104Bioethics3
PHIL 105Science and Human Values 3
PHIL 112History Of Ethics 3
PHIL 115Philosophy In Literature 3
PHIL 117Existentialism 3
PHIL 122Political Philosophy3
PHIL 123Philosophy and Feminism3
PHIL 125Philosophy Of Science3
PHIL 126The Meanings Of Evolution3
PHIL 131Philosophy Of Religion3
PHIL 136Philosophy Of Art3
PHIL 145AChinese Philosophy 3
PHIL 145BPhilosophies Of India 3
PHIL 152Recent Ethical Theory3
PHIL 153Philosophy Of Mind3
PHIL 154Philosophy Of Language3
PHIL 155Philosophy Of Law3
PHIL 160Deductive Logic II3
PHIL 176Twentieth Century Anglo-American Philosophy3
PHIL 192BTopics in Bioethics3
PHIL 192DSpace and Time3
PHIL 192LTopics in Philosophy Language3
PHIL 192MTopics in Philosophy of Mind3
PHIL 192OTopics in Contemporary Metaphysics3
PHIL 192RTopics in Philosophy of Religion3
PHIL 195Philosophy Internship1 - 3
PHIL 196Experimental Offerings in Philosophy3
PHIL 199Special Problems1 - 3