Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion – PHIL 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 Philosophy. All lower-division GE requirements have been satisfied. 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): 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 and Religion Major: 41 Units

Students in this major are strongly advised to work with a department advisor to form a tentative program of courses.

  • Core (20 units)
  • Comparative Thought (6 units)
  • History (6 units)
  • Metaphysics and Epistemology (3 units)
  • Electives from Related Fields (6 units) – consult with major advisor
  • Culmination (1 unit)

University Electives: 7 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
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
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
University Elective 3
Second Semester
PHIL 450 Ethics (Major Core, UD-C, SJ) 3
PHIL 502 World Religions (Major Core, UD-C, GP) 3
PHIL 525/RELS 300 The Nature of Religious Experience (Major Core, UD-C, GP) 3
History(6 units) - Take One 1 3
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
Third Semester
PHIL 500 Philosophy of Religion (Major Core, UD-C) 3
History (6 units) - Take One 1 3
Comparative Thought (6 units) - Take One 2 3
Major Elective From a Related Field (6 units) - Take One 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
Fourth Semester
PHIL 696 Directed Reading: Learning Outcomes (Major Core) 1
Comparative Thought (6 units) - Take One 2 3
Metaphysics and Epistemology (3 units) - Take One 3 3
Major Elective from a related field (6 units) - Take One 3
University Elective 4
 Total Units60

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)


Comparative Thought (6 units)

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

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

PHIL 501/HUM 501/JS 501 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (3 units) (UD-C, GP)

PHIL 509 The Buddhist Tradition (3 units) (UD-C, GP)

PHIL 511 Chinese Philosophy and Religion (3 units) (UD-C, GP)

PHIL 514/JS 410 Kabbalah, Jewish Mysticism, and Literature (3 units) (UD-C)

PHIL 520 Philosophy and Mysticism (3 units) (UD-C, GP, SJ)


Metaphysics & Epistemology (3 units)

PHIL 321 Being and Knowing (3 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)