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 the current Bulletin year 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 (Major Core) 1 3
PHIL 320GW Philosophical Analysis - GWAR (Major Core) 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
University Elective 3
Second Semester
PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy (Major Core, UD-C) 3
PHIL 321 Being and Knowing (Major Core) 3
PHIL 450 Ethics (Major Core, UD-C, SJ) 3
History - Select One: 3
Ancient Philosophy (UD-C)  
Medieval Philosophy (UD-C)  
Islamic Philosophy (UD-C, GP)  
or University Elective if requirement already satisfied
Electives (9 units) - Take One 2 3
Third Semester
Electives (9 units) - Take One 2 3
Normative Issues (6 units) - Take One 3 3
Metaphysics & Epistemology (6 units) - Take One 4 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
University Elective 3
Fourth Semester
PHIL 696 Directed Reading: Learning Outcomes (Major Core) 1
Electives (9 units) - Take One 2 3
Normative Issues (6 units) - Take One 3 3
Metaphysics & Epistemology (6 units) - Take One 4 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
University Elective 2
 Total Units60

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: 9–15 Units

  • 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): Courses required for the major may double-count if approved for 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 1 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: 14 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.