Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy – LPPS 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 Law, Public Policy, and Society. 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 units                                         

  • American Institutions (0 units): The AA-T in Law, Public Policy, and Society Core includes courses that satisfy this requirement.
  • 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 the major with the AA-T in Law, Public Policy, and Society 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:  34-37 units  

  • Core/GWAR (14-17 units): See footnote 1 regarding PHIL 205.
  • History (3 units)
  • Normative Issues (6 units)
  • Metaphysics & Epistemology (6 units)
  • Electives (6 units)
  • Culmination (1 unit)

University Electives: 16 or more units

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
or University Elective if requirement fulfilled
PHIL 300 Academic and Professional Pathways in Philosophy (Major Core) 1
PHIL 320GW Philosophical Analysis - GWAR (Major Core) 3
University Elective - Take Three 9
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 (3 units) - Take One 2 3
University Elective 3
Third Semester
Normative Issues (6 units) - Take One 3 3
Metaphysics & Epistemology (6 units) - Take One 4 3
Philosophy Elective (6 units) - Take One 5 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
University Elective 4
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 (6 units) - Take One 5 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
 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 (6 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 units may be lower- or upper-division.