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Philosophy: Curriculum

Our rigorous curriculum asks fundamental philosophical questions concerning the nature of knowledge, reality and values. We also cover the historical development of major philosophical issues such as the nature of knowledge, reality, religion and morals. We'll also take an in-depth look at these issues, utilizing recent work in conceptual and methodological analysis.

The coursework emphasizes an interactive approach to learning and also teaches you excellent analytical problem-solving abilities and communication skills.

Get a description of each of Cal U's philosophy courses from our Course Catalog. We also offer a minor in philosophy.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy: 120 Credits     

Please consult the description of the General Education program in this catalog for a list of General Education goals and objectives and the courses included on the menus for the various goals.

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

First Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits
*PHI 201 History of Ancient Philosophy 3 crs.
**UNI 100 First-Year Seminar 1 cr.
**ENG 101 English Composition I  3 crs.
General Education Courses  9 crs.

Second Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits 
*PHI 115 Logic and Language OR PHI 211 Formal Logic I3 crs.
*PHI 206 16th- to 18th-century Philosophy3 crs.
**ENG 102 English Composition II3 crs.
General Education Courses6 crs.

Third Semester – 15 credits
Course
Credits
 *PHI 225 Social and Political Philosophy OR 370 Philosophy of Law 3 crs.
 General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses 12 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
*PHI 320 Ethical Theory3 crs.
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses12 crs.

Fifth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
300- or 400-level Philosophy Electives6 crs.
300- or 400-level General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses9 crs.

Sixth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
*PHI 325 Philosophy of Science OR PHI 405 Epistemology3 crs.
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses12 crs.

Seventh Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
*PHI 410 Metaphysics OR PHI 415 Philosophy of Mind 3 crs.
300- or 400-level Philosophy Elective 3 crs.
300- or 400-level General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses 9 crs.

Eighth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
300- or 400-level Philosophy Elective3 crs.
300- or 400-level General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses12 crs.

* Required major and related courses
** Required and recommended General Education courses