THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PHILOSOPHY

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See "General Education Requirements" in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Cultural Diversity" in The University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the "American Institutions Requirement" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements." This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 33-42 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

DEGREE CORE PROGRAM: 21 units

7 courses required:
PHIL201History of Ancient Philosophy3.0FS *
PHIL302History of Modern Philosophy3.0FA

It is strongly recommended, but not required, that the above courses be taken in sequence.

PHIL108Philosophical Methods3.0FA
PHIL320Ethics3.0SP
PHIL340Social/Political Philosophy3.0FS
PHIL360Knowledge Theory: Epistemology3.0FA
PHIL361Metaphysics3.0SP

Major Option Course Requirements: 12-21 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

THE GENERAL OPTION: 12 units

3 courses selected from:
PHIL303History 19th Cent Philosophy3.0FS
PHIL304Analytic Philosophy3.0SP
PHIL305Continental Philosophy3.0FA
PHIL306American Philosophy3.0FS *
1 course selected from:
PHIL333Contemporary Moral Theory3.0FA WP

Prerequisites: PHIL 320 or PHIL 321; ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

PHIL421Sem: Special Issues Soc Phil3.0SP WP

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

PHIL499HSenior Honors Research Paper3.0FS WP

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, acceptance into Honors in Philosophy, faculty permission.

THE PRE-GRADUATE SCHOOL OPTION: 21 units

Those students majoring in philosophy who plan to enter graduate programs in philosophy should consider the Pre-Graduate School Option.

3 courses required:
PHIL304Analytic Philosophy3.0SP
PHIL305Continental Philosophy3.0FA
PHIL380Intermediate Logic3.0FA
3 courses selected from:
PHIL202Philosophy: East and West3.0FS *NW
PHIL303History 19th Cent Philosophy3.0FS
PHIL306American Philosophy3.0FS *
PHIL362Philosophy of Mind3.0Inq
PHIL370Philosophy of Science3.0FS *
PHIL480Advanced Logic3.0SP

Prerequisites: PHIL 380, faculty permission.

PHIL499HSenior Honors Research Paper3.0FS WP

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, acceptance into Honors in Philosophy, faculty permission.

1 course selected from:
PHIL333Contemporary Moral Theory3.0FA WP

Prerequisites: PHIL 320 or PHIL 321; ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

PHIL421Sem: Special Issues Soc Phil3.0SP WP

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

PHIL499HSenior Honors Research Paper3.0FS WP

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, acceptance into Honors in Philosophy, faculty permission.

Philosophy and Law Advising Cluster

Those students majoring in philosophy who plan to enter law school should consider, as part of or in addition to the regular degree requirements for either option in the BA in Philosophy, the following cluster of courses. See the Undergraduate Adviser for additional information.

PHIL304Analytic Philosophy3.0SP
PHIL332Criminal Justice Ethics3.0FS
PHIL380Intermediate Logic3.0FA
PHIL438Jurisprudence/Phil of Law3.0FA
POLS451BCivil Rights/Civil Liberties3.0FS
POLS456Legal Analysis3.0FS

NOTE: Enrollment in POLS 451B and POLS 456 must be concurrent for the purposes of satisfying the requirements of the Philosophy and Law advising cluster.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows; such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (499H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B. 2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units. 3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year. 6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major adviser for further information.

Honors in Philosophy:

To graduate with Honors in Philosophy a student must: 1. Fulfill all requirements for a major in Philosophy. 2. Write a Senior Honors Thesis. (See PHIL 499H) 3. Achieve a grade point average of at least 3.66 in those courses taken to fulfill the requirements for the major and PHIL 499H. 4. Pass satisfactorily an oral examination on the thesis.