UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2017-2018

Program: B.A., Philosophy

Program Description

The characteristic activity of philosophy, from its beginning to the present day, has been reasoned reflection about ourselves, our world, the good life and our relations with one another. Philosophy deals with issues of fundamental human importancethe scope and limits of human knowledge, the nature of reality and truth, what it means to be a person, the relation of mind to body, the sources of value and obligation, the evaluation of social institutions and practices, and the nature of logic and correct reasoning.

The Philosophy major is designed to acquaint students with the distinctive nature of philosophical activity and to help them think critically about matters of fundamental philosophical concern.

Program Requirements

1. Required Courses (23 units)

PHIL 201 Ancient Philosophy (3)
PHIL 202 Modern Philosophy (3)

Choose one of the following courses:

PHIL 200 Critical Reasoning (3)
PHIL 230 Introduction to Formal Logic (3)

Choose one of the following courses:

PHIL 360 Ethical Theory (4)
PHIL 365 Social and Political Philosophy (4)

Choose one of the following courses:

PHIL 350 Epistemology (4)
PHIL 352 Metaphysics (4)
PHIL 355 Philosophy of Mind (4)

Choose one of the following courses:

PHIL 333 American Indian Philosophy (3)
PHIL 341 Kierkegaard and Nietzsche (3)
PHIL 342 Existentialism (3)
PHIL 343 Indian Philosophy (3)
PHIL 344 Chinese Philosophy (3)
PHIL 348 Philosophy and Feminism (3)

The following course:

PHIL 497 Senior Research Seminar (3)

2. Electives (21 units)

Choose seven courses (21 units), subject to the following conditions:

  1. At least four courses (12 units) must be 400-level Philosophy courses (other than PHIL 497 and PHIL 499).
  2. Other eligible electives include all Philosophy courses numbered 230 and higher, excluding those taken as requirements for the major.
  3. Up to 3 units of electives may be in closely related upper division courses outside of the department (subject to the approval of the department chair) or, for students for whom Philosophy is a second major, up to 9 elective units may be in closely related upper division courses outside of the department (subject to the approval of the department chair).

Total Units in the Major: 44

General Education Units: 45

Additional Units: 31

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120

Contact

Chair: Tim Black
Associate Chair: Kristina Meshelski
Staff: Shanta Wallace
Sierra Tower (ST) 522
(818) 677-2757
www.csun.edu/humanities/philosophy

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Develop a critical understanding of the work of central thinkers in the Western philosophical tradition.
  2. Read and comprehend philosophical texts.
  3. Respond critically and analytically to philosophical positions, arguments and methodologies, including positions, arguments and methodologies involved in the investigation of significant issues in epistemology, metaphysics and value theory.
  4. Defend their own philosophical positions and arguments.
  5. Write well-organized philosophical essays in which they clearly articulate philosophical positions and arguments.
  6. Write well-organized philosophical essays in which they clearly and effectively present and defend their own philosophical positions and arguments.
  7. Apply the basic concepts essential to a critical examination and evaluation of argumentative discourse, where this includes learning how to determine whether an argument is valid and whether it is sound.

ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps

Students who have graduated with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer and have been admitted to a CSUN program that has been deemed similar will be able to complete the baccalaureate degree within 60 semester units. For additional information, see ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps.

Philosophy - AA-T in Global Studies - 2017

Philosophy - AA-T in Philosophy - 2017

Philosophy - AA-T in Social Justice Studies - 2017

Philosophy Honors - AA-T in Philosophy - 2017

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