Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)
Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)
Philosophy Handout (pdf)
Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.
- General Information
- Transfer Student Information
- Freshman Student Information
- College Resource Center (Advising)
|What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?||Study big ideas and fundamental questions with leading philosophers and teachers! Our SF State Department is one of the most dynamic in the country, offering a great variety of specializations — including science, law and justice, medicine, and the arts — and famous scholars and teachers of philosophy. We also count some well-known scholars of religious studies, knowledgeable about a diverse array of spiritual traditions, among our faculty. In addition to a wide-ranging and enriching curriculum we also offer practical internships, a mentorship program that pairs you with a graduate student mentor, an active philosophy club, and many other opportunities. Getting a Philosophy degree is a lot of fun and great preparation for a career in many fields.|
|When should I first meet with my major department?||We like to meet with students! You are welcome to meet with an advisor as often as you want. We also offer regular orientation sessions, including one for incoming students at the start of the semester. We ask you to watch your SFSU email account for an announcement about the particular time and place.|
|How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them?||Students are free to choose an advisor from among several available faculty and meet with them during office hours (https://philosophy.sfsu.edu/advising ). Most students start with the Director of Undergraduate Advising for the Philosophy Department, Justin Tiwald. You can schedule an appointment with him by writing him at email@example.com.|
|Where can I find information about major advising?||https://philosophy.sfsu.edu/advising|
|Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?||
The emphasis in Philosophy & Law is a relatively low-unit major (just 43 units) so it easy to add it a second major or transfer into it later in your undergraduate career.
SF State also has one of the nation's top Master's degree programs in Philosophy, and by getting an undergraduate degree and maintaining good grades at SF State you will be eligible for the SF State Scholar Program, which allows you to get both a B.A. and an M.A. in Philosophy in just five years (including two summer terms). Get a prestigious degree from a top-ranked Philosophy program! Interested students should contact Linda Leonard, the Grad Coordinator Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. An M.A. in Philosophy at SF State is a tremendous advantage in applying for law schools, public policy programs, and doctoral programs in philosophy, religious studies, and political science, among many other advanced professional programs.
|What should I know as a transfer student?||
We love to meet with students, so we encourage you to speak to an advisor to help you choose courses that best fit your interests and keep you on track to finish your degree. Until you do that, however, we can make some recommendations for course selection.
We recommend taking PHIL 320 (GWAR) Philosophical Analysis in your first semester. If you still need to take English 214, you can take this concurrently with Philosophical Analysis. You don't need to wait until after you've completed ENG 214 to take Philosophical Analysis. Philosophical Analysis is important as it will provide you with specialized tools for philosophical writing and argument.
Other courses that are good to take in your first semester as a transfer student are PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy, PHIL 321 Being & Knowing, and PHIL 450 Ethics.
Many upper-division Philosophy courses also fulfill GE requirements. You can double-count these courses toward both GE and your major!
We also have Philosophy courses in some of the hard-to-find areas of SF State Studies:
|Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?||Yes, in Philiosophy.|
|What should I know as a Freshman?||
Almost any of our lower-division courses are great for freshmen year study of Philosophy, and also fulfill your general education (GE) requirements. We recommend taking the following general education courses in your first year:
And in your first or second year, take PHIL 205 Formal Logic (required for the PHIL major but not the PHIL & RELIGION major)
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