Bachelor of Art in Philosophy: Concentration in Philosophy and Law – SJS Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) 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 Social Justice Studies. 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.

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 30 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 Social Justice Studies are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies: consult with a department advisor on how transfer units and SF State units can be applied to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

Philosophy (Concentration in Philosophy and Law) Major: 41-45 Units

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

  • Required/GWAR (19-22 units)
  • Disjunctive History (3 units)
  • Metaphysics and Epistemology (6 units)
  • Normative Issues (9 units)
  • Additional Course (3-4 units)
  • Culmination (1 unit)

University Electives: 3 or More Units

Depending 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
PHIL 205 Formal Logic I (Major Core) 1 3
PHIL 300 Academic and Professional Pathways in Philosophy (Major Core) 1
PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy (Major Core, UD-C) 3
PHIL 320GW Philosophical Analysis - GWAR (Major Core) 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
Second Semester
PHIL 321 Being and Knowing (Major Core) 3
PHIL 450 Ethics (Major Core, UD-C, SJ) 2 3
Disjunctive History - Take One 2 3
Metaphysics and Epistemology (6 units) - Take One 3 3
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
Third Semester
PHIL 330 Political Philosophy (Major Core, UD-C, SJ) 3
PHIL 380 Philosophy of Law (Major Core, UD-C, SJ) 3
Metaphysics and Epistemology (6 units) - Take One 3 3
Normative Issues (9 units) - Take One 4 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
Fourth Semester
PHIL 696 Directed Reading: Learning Outcomes (Major Core) 1
Normative Issues (9 units) - Take Two 4 6
Additional Course - Take One 5 3-4
University Elective 3-4
 Total Units60

PHIL 205 is highly recommended but not required of SJS AA-T students. Contact a Philosophy Department advisor for questions about this recommendation.


Disjunctive History (3 units)

PHIL 301 Ancient Philosophy (3 units) (UD-C)

PHIL 302 Medieval Philosophy (3 units) (UD-C)

PHIL 410 Topics in the History of Philosophy (3 units)

PHIL 516 Islamic Philosophy (3 units) (UD-C, GP)


Metaphysics and Epistemology (6 units)

PHIL 350 Philosophy of Science (3 units) (UD-B)

PHIL 351 Philosophy of Risk (3 units) (UD-B, ES)

PHIL 605 Metaphysics (3 units)

PHIL 610 Theory of Knowledge (3 units)

PHIL 620 Philosophy of Mind (3 units)

PHIL 621 Minds, Brains, and Computers (3 units) (UD-B)

PHIL 630 Philosophy of Language (3 units)


Normative Issues (9 units)

PHIL 304 Ethics Bowl (3 units) (SJ)

PHIL 315 Introduction to Global Peace Studies (3 units) (UD-C, ES, GP, SJ)

PHIL 335 Law and Society (3 units) (UD-D, AERM, SJ)

PHIL 373 The Ethics of Migration and Membership (3 units) (UD-C, AERM, GP, SJ)

PHIL 375/GPS 375 Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S. (3 units) (UD-D, GP, SJ)

PHIL 378 Philosophy of Criminal Law (3 units) (UD-C, SJ)

PHIL 383 Ethics in Medicine (3 units) (UD-C, SJ)

PHIL 384 Philosophy of Research Ethics (3 units) (UD-C, GP, SJ)

PHIL 395 Ethical Issues: Science and Technology (3 units) (UD-B, SJ)

PHIL 435/I R 436 Human Rights in Global Perspective (3 units) (UD-C, GP, SJ)

PHIL 436 Islamic Political Philosophy (3 units) (UD-C, GP, SJ)

PHIL 451 Feminist Moral Issues (3 units) (UD-C, AERM, GP, SJ)

PHIL 455/SXS 569 Sex and the Law (3 units) (UD-C, SJ)

PHIL 470 Environmental Ethics (3 units) (UD-C, ES, SJ)

PHIL 494 Philosophy and Personal Development (3 units) (UD-C)


Additional Course (3–4 Units)

AFRS 375 Law and the Black Community (3 units) (CSLG, USG, USH, AERM, SJ)

AIS 205 American Indians and U.S. Laws (3 units) (USG, D3, AERM, SJ)

AIS 330 American Indian Law (3 units) (UD-D, AERM, SJ)

ANTH 343/LABR 343 Women and Work (3 units)

BECA 324 Media Law (3 units)

C J 435/LTNS 430 Race, Crime, and Justice (3 units) (UD-D, SJ)

C J 501 Criminal Law (3 units)

EDAD 763 Law and Education (3 units)

GPS 375/PHIL 375 Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S. (3 units) (UD-D, GP, SJ)

HIST 470 The U.S. Constitution to 1896 (3 units) (UD-C, USH, USG/CSLG, AERM, SJ)

HIST 471 The U.S. Constitution Since 1896 (3 units) (UD-C, USH, USG/CSLG, AERM, SJ)

HIST 472 The Supreme Court and Social Change in U.S. History (3 units)

I R 330/IBUS 332 World Law (4 units)

JOUR 307 News Media Law (3 units)

JS 318/HIST 318 The Holocaust and Law: Complicity, Dissent, and Correction (3 units)

PLSI 308 Research and Writing for Public Law (4 units)

PLSI 422/I R 422 Law and Courts in Comparative Perspective (4 units) (GP)

PLSI 470/SXS 470/WGS 470 The Politics of Sex and Reproduction (4 units)

PLSI 478 Judicial Process (4 units) (SJ)

PLSI 552 Individual Rights and the Constitution (4 units) (SJ)

PLSI 553 Legal Issues (4 units)

PLSI 561 Jurisprudence (4 units)

RRS 250 Race, Ethnicity and Power in America (3 units) (D3, USG/CSLG, AERM, SJ)

USP 513/GEOG 668/PLSI 513 Politics, Law, and the Urban Environment (4 units)

SXS 455 Sex, Power, and Politics (3 units) (UD-D, AERM, SJ)

WGS 536 Gender, Globalization, and Women's Human Rights (3 units) (UD-D, GP, SJ)

WGS 563 Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Disability (3 units) (UD-D, GP)