Philosophy (Course 24-1)

Department of Linguistics and Philosophy

Bachelor of Science in Philosophy

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement [between three and six subjects can be from the Departmental Program]; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required Subjects 1Units
Select one introductory philosophy subject (number range 24.00-24.09) 212
Select one of the following History of Philosophy subjects: 312
Classics of Western Philosophy
Topics in the History of Philosophy (CI-M)
Select one of the following Knowledge and Reality subjects:12
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophical Issues in Brain Science
Minds and Machines
Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics
Metaphysics (CI-M)
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Perception
Topics in the Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Philosophy of Language (CI-M)
Language and Power (CI-M)
Philosophy of Mathematics
Foundations of Probability
Select one of the following Value subjects:12
Philosophy and the Arts
Moral Problems and the Good Life
Good Food: The Ethics and Politics of Food
Ethics (CI-M)
Ethics of Technology
Feminist Thought (CI-M)
Liberalism, Toleration, and Freedom of Speech
Philosophy of Film
Moral Psychology (CI-M)
Decisions, Games and Rational Choice
The Ethics of Climate Change
Global Justice, Gender, and Development
Philosophy of Law (CI-M)
Topics in Social Theory and Practice
Literature and Philosophy
Select one of the following Logic subjects: 412
Paradox and Infinity
Logic I
Logic II
Classical Set Theory
Modal Logic
Theory of Models
24.260Topics in Philosophy (CI-M)12
Restricted Electives
Select a coherent program of five additional subjects, two of which must be in philosophy, with approval of the major advisor.60
Units in Major132
Unrestricted Electives 584-120
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(36-72)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree180

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.


No more than four of the total number of philosophy subjects for the major may be introductory philosophy subjects numbered 24.00 - 24.09. At least two of the total number of philosophy courses must be at the 200 level or above.


The introductory subject numbered 24.00- 24.09 cannot also be used as a departmental distribution subject. Students may substitute an appropriate philosophy concourse subject.


Students may substitute another subject with a history of philosophy orientation, with the approval of the major advisor in consultation with the instructor.


Students may select a logic subject from another department (e.g., Mathematics) with the approval of their major advisor.


This chart has been calculated based on an overlap of 36 units (three subjects) between the HASS General Institute Requirement and the departmental requirements. Students who develop a program of study with more overlap will be able to select more unrestricted electives to meet the number of total units beyond the GIRs required for an SB degree.