Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy – PHIL Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in 2017–2018 with an AA-T in Philosophy. Up to three units in the major and all lower division GE requirements have been satisfied. Additional units in the major may have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
PHIL 205 Formal Logic I 1 3
if already satisfied, Select One of the Following:
 
Ancient Philosophy 3  
Medieval Philosophy 3  
Islamic Philosophy 3  
PHIL 320GW Philosophical Analysis - GWAR 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 2 3
or University Elective if A4 was met before transfer
 
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
 
University Elective 3
 Units15
Second Semester
Select One: 3
Ancient Philosophy 3  
Medieval Philosophy 3  
Islamic Philosophy 3  
or PHIL Elective if the Requirement is Already Satisfied
 
PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy 3 3
PHIL 321 Being and Knowing 3
PHIL 450 Ethics 3 3
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
 
 Units15
Third Semester
PHIL 335 Law and Society 4 3
Select One: 3
Philosophy of Science 5  
Philosophy of Risk 5  
Minds, Brains and Computers 5  
Major Elective – Take Two 6
University Elective 3
 Units15
Fourth Semester
PHIL 696 Directed Reading: Learning Outcomes 1
Major Normative Issues 3
Major Core Issues 3
Major Elective 3
or University Elective if Major Requirements are Satisfied
 
University Electives 5
 Units15
 Total Units60
1

Students who have taken Symbolic Logic before transfer should take a Major History course (PHIL 301 or PHIL 302 or PHIL 516). Students who haven’t taken Symbolic Logic should take PHIL 205. Contact a Philosophy Department advisor for questions about the symbolic logic requirement.

2

If ENG 214 or equivalent is not completed prior to transfer, it will take a minimum of five semesters to complete degree requirements because it is a prerequisite for PHIL 320GW and many other upper division PHIL courses, including those satisfying UD GE.

3

PHIL 301, PHIL 302, PHIL 303, PHIL 450 and PHIL 516 fulfill GE UD-C.

4

PHIL 335 fulfills GE UD-D.

5

PHIL 350, PHIL 351, PHIL 621 fulfill GE UD-B.

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 40 units minimum at the upper division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9–18 Units

  • ENG 214 or equivalent A4 course (0–3 units) if not taken before transfer
  • American Institutions (0–6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not taken before transfer
  • Upper division GE (9 units) – See grid above for courses that fulfill both Major requirements and UD GE.
  • Students entering this major with the AA-T in Philosophy are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies: consult with a department advisor on how transfer units and/or SF State units can be applied to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

Philosophy Major: 37–40 Units

Students are advised to work with a department advisor on the selection of courses.

  • Foundation/GWAR (3–6 units): See note 2 above regarding PHIL 205.
  • History (6 units)
  • Normative Issues (9 units)
  • Core Issues of the Discipline (9 units)
  • Electives (9 units)
  • Culmination (1 unit)

University Electives: 11 or More Units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State. Some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g. in both UD GE and the major.