Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy: Emphasis in Philosophy and Law Roadmap
120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 43
PHIL 110 or equivalent.
To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE or major.
ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.
Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.
Complementary Studies for the Philosophy Major
Twelve units of complementary studies are required of all candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy. These units must come from courses bearing a prefix other than PHIL, and not cross-listed with PHIL. Philosophy majors are given a multitude of pathways toward completing this requirement, each of which is designed to facilitate graduation in a timely manner and deepen the student’s knowledge and appreciation of a philosophical topic in a multi-disciplinary way. Philosophy majors may, with the approval of a department advisor, elect to apply 12 units in a single foreign language of their choosing or courses taken in an approved study abroad program (e.g., CSU Study Abroad). Otherwise, with the approval of a department advisor, the student may take 12 units of courses that complement an area of philosophical specialization. Philosophy is rich in such specializations. Here are some illustrative philosophical specializations in which studying philosophy and studying other disciplines is complementary: Philosophy of the Arts, Ancient Philosophy, Asian Philosophy, Bioethics/Medical Ethics, Business Ethics, Philosophy of Cinema, Philosophy of Dance, Philosophy of Economics, Environmental Philosophy, Global Justice, Islamic Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Literature, Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Music, Philosophy of Mind, Modern European Philosophy, Philosophy of Music, Philosophy of Perception, Philosophy of Photography, Philosophy of Psychology/Cognitive Science, Political Philosophy and Social Justice, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Sexuality, Philosophy of Science and Technology, Philosophy and Society, Philosophy of Social Science, Philosophy of Sport, Philosophy of Under-represented Groups, Philosophy of Women and Gender. To accommodate emerging areas of philosophical study, students are encouraged to design 12 unit modules for the review and approve of the department advisor.
Plus (9 units)
PHIL 335 Law and Society (3 units)
PHIL 375 Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S. (3 units)
PHIL 378 Philosophy of Criminal Law (3 units)
PHIL 383 Ethics in Medicine (3 units)
PHIL 384 Philosophy of Research Ethics (3 units)
PHIL 395 Ethical Issues: Science and Technology (3 units)
PHIL 435 Human Rights in Global Perspective (3 units)
PHIL 436 Islamic Political Philosophy (3 units)
PHIL 451 Feminist Moral Issues (3 units)
PHIL 455 Sex and the Law (3 units)
PHIL 470 Environmental Ethics (3 units)
PHIL 494 Philosophy and Personal Development (3 units)
AFRS 375 Law and the Black Community (3 units)
AIS 205 American Indians and U.S. Laws (3 units)
C J 501 Criminal Law (3 units)
COMM 564 Issues in Free Speech (4 units)
I R 330 World Law (4 units)
LABR 251 Know Your Work Rights (3 units)
PLSI 552 Individual Rights and the Constitution (4 units)
PLSI 553 Legal Issues (4 units)
PLSI 561 Jurisprudence (4 units)
USP 513 Politics, Law, and the Urban Environment (4 units)
WGS 534 Gender and the Law (3 units)
Core Philosophy Areas
PHIL 351 Philosophy of Risk (3 units)
PHIL 610 Theory of Knowledge (3 units)
PHIL 620 Philosophy of Mind (3 units)
PHIL 621 Minds, Brains and Computers (3 units)