Philosophy: Emphasis in Philosophy and Law B.A.

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Philosophy Handout (.docx)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

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.

Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? N/A
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. For current hours, please go here:

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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 Graduate Coordinator Assistant, at 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.

Transfer Student Info

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.  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!

UD-B Science: PHIL 350 Philosophy of Science, PHIL 351 Philosophy of Risk, PHIL 395 Ethical Issues: Science and Technology, PHIL 621 Minds, Brains and Computers

UD-D Social Sciences: PHIL 335 Law & Society, PHIL 375 Peace Law & Human Rights

Area E Lifelong Learning Development: PHIL 383 Ethics in Medicine, PHIL 383 Research Ethics, PHIL 494 Philosopht & Personal Development

UD-C Arts/Humanities: Nearly every upper division Philosophy course not mentioned above.

We also have Philosophy courses in some of the hard-to-find areas of SF State Studies:

American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM): PHIL 130 Political & Social, PHIL 335 Law & Society, PHIL 451 Feminist Moral Issues

Environmental Sustainability (ES): PHIL 315 Intro to Global Peace Studies, PHIL 351 Philosophy of Risk, PHIL 470 Environmental Ethics

Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?


Click here for ADT roadmap.

Freshmen Student Info

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:

For A3 Critical Thinking - PHIL 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking

For C1 Arts - PHIL 160 Introduction to Philosophy of the Arts

For C2 Humanities - PHIL 105 Intro to Philosophy & Religion, and/or PHIL 150 Contemporary Moral/Political Issues (Social Justice), and/or PHIL 210 Great Thinkers: East & West (Global Perspectives)

For C3 Humanities: Literature - PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy

For D1 Social Sciences - PHIL 130 Social and Political Philosophy (AERM, Social Justice)

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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