Academic Programs in the Philosophy Department

PHILOSOPHY

R. Hall (Chair); S. Peppers-Bates; J. Rust; M.C. Hall

Philosophy wonders about the world, that there is one and what sort of place it is; and about persons, what sort of creatures we are, how we relate to each other and how we ought to live our lives. Philosophical wonder, however, does not simply think about these important matters, it thinks them through, disciplined and guided by logical standards for clear and critical thought. In this process of critical wonder, we gain self-knowledge, knowledge of others, and most profoundly the courage to think for ourselves and to be who we are. The study of philosophy-and the love of wisdom it engenders-is thus an excellent foundation for further study and for careers in many fields, especially in higher education, law, religion, and business. More importantly, the study of philosophy helps us to develop what Socrates called "the examined life," which for him is the only life worth living.

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy


I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS-10 units

The student must complete the General Education requirements of the College of Arts & Sciences.


II. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS-10 units

PHIL 101B - Introduction to Philosophy.............................................................................. 1
PHIL 104Q - Introduction to Logic..................................................................................... 1

PHIL 250H - History of Ancient Philosophy or 260H - History of Modern Philosophy....................... 1
PHIL 350E  - Ethics.............................................. ........................................................ 1

PHIL 351- Epistemology or 352 - Metaphysics........... .......................................................... 1

PHIL 400- Department Seminar........................................................................................ 1
PHIL 499 - Senior Project................................................................................................ 1
PHIL Electives (all must be at 300 or 400 level)......... .......................................................... 3

III. ELECTIVES Units to total a minimum of 32.


Minor in Philosophy-5 units
REQUIREMENTS
PHIL 101B- Introduction to Philosophy or PHIL 104Q- Introduction to Logic.................................. 1
PHIL 250H or PHIL 260H - History Course........................................................................... 1
PHIL Electives (two must be at 300 or 400 level) ................................................................. 3