Philosophy Major

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2015-2016, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2015. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Major Requirements

The student must satisfy the core curriculum requirements as set forth in this course catalog and complete the following courses:

Lower Division
Select one of the following:3
PHIL 101Introduction to Logic
PHIL 102Basic Symbolic Logic
PHIL 400Intermediate Symbolic Logic
Select three of the following:9
PHIL 270History of Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 271History of Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 272History of Classical Modern Philosophy
PHIL 273Contemporary Anglo-American Philosophy
PHIL 274Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy
Upper Division
PHIL 360Ethical Theory3
PHIL 321Social Ethics3
PHIL 462 Political Philosophy
Select three of the following:9
PHIL 410Metaphysics
PHIL 411Philosophy of Knowledge
PHIL 412Philosophy of God
PHIL 413Philosophy of Mind
9 upper division Philosophy units, at least six of which are not to be taken from the Philosophy 300 (ethics) series.9

Note: At least 18 of these 24 Upper-Division Units must be taken at USD.

Note: 100- and 200-numbered courses are equally lower-division, and 300- and 400-numbered courses are equally upper division. Accordingly, students intent on majoring or minoring in philosophy may take 200-numbered courses during their first year; adequately prepared students may begin taking 400-numbered courses during their junior year.

Recommended Program of Study, Philosophy

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
Preceptorial3
CC or electives9
Semester II
Lower-Division PHIL13
CC or electives12
Sophomore Year
Semester I
Lower Division PHIL13
CC or electives12
Semester II
Lower Division PHIL13
CC or electives12
Junior Year
Semester I
Upper Division PHIL23
Upper Division PHIL33
CC or electives9-10
Semester II
Upper Division PHIL23
Upper Division PHIL33
CC or electives9-11
Senior Year
Semester I
PHIL 360Ethical Theory3
Upper Division PHIL23
CC or electives10
Semester II
PHIL 321 462Social Ethics
Political Philosophy
3
Upper Division PHIL33
CC or electives9-11
1

 Take one of the following: PHIL 270, PHIL 271, PHIL 272, PHIL 273, or PHIL 274.

2

 Take one of the following: PHIL 410, PHIL 411, PHIL 412, or PHIL 413.

3

 At least six of the nine upper division PHIL units must be 400-level.

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