Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy – 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. Up to 3 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 Areas B, C, and D (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 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.

  • Core/GWAR (14-17 units): PHIL 205 may have been met in transfer. See footnote 1 below for more information.
  • History (3 units)
  • Normative Issues (6 units)
  • Metaphysics & Epistemology (6 units)
  • Electives (9 units)
  • 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 205 Formal Logic I (Major Core) 1 3
PHIL 300 Academic and Professional Pathways in Philosophy (Major Core) 1
PHIL 320GW Philosophical Analysis - GWAR (Major Core) 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
University Elective - Take Two 5
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) 3
History (3 units) - Take One 2 3
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
Third Semester
Normative Issues (6 units) - Take One 3 3
Metaphysics & Epistemology (6 units) - Take One 4 3
Philosophy Elective (9 units) - Take Two 5 6
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
Fourth Semester
PHIL 696 Directed Reading: Learning Outcomes (Major Core) 1
Normative Issues (6 units) - Take One 3 3
Metaphysics & Epistemology (6 units) - Take One 4 3
Philosophy Elective (9 units) - Take One 5 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
University Elective 2
 Total Units60

Students who haven’t taken Symbolic Logic should take PHIL 205. Contact a Philosophy Department advisor for questions about the symbolic logic requirement.


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)


Normative Issues (6 units)

PHIL 304 Ethics Bowl (3 units) (SJ)

PHIL 330 Political Philosophy (3 units) (UD-C, SJ)

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

PHIL 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 380 Philosophy of 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 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 460 Philosophy of Art (3 units) (UD-C, GP)

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

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


Metaphysics & Epistemology (6 units)

Select Two. At least one course must be non-GE. The three GE courses are PHIL 350, PHIL 351, and PHIL 621:

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)


Electives (9 units)

Any PHIL course not used to satisfy a previous requirement can be used as an elective. At least 3 units must be an upper-division PHIL course. The remaining 6 units may be lower- or upper-division.