Philosophy

Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act (SB1440)

Associate in Arts
Transfer Preparation* (Major Code: 01835)

Philosophy, humanity’s oldest intellectual discipline, asks fundamental questions about the nature of thought and existence from various perspectives. This discipline explores the scope and limits of human knowledge, the ultimate constituents of reality, the sources of values and obligation, and the nature of logic and correct reasoning. Through philosophy, one may think about and develop perspectives on topics as diverse as science, religion, language, logic, truth, ethics, politics, and law. The lower-division requirements give both the philosophy major and the general education student an excellent vehicle for refining his/her skills in critical reasoning and rational decision making. The application of philosophical ideas to the practical problems of life is an essential part of the curriculum. Philosophy majors who plan a career in teaching at the college or university level must complete a bachelor’s degree and a graduate-level degree.

Required Core
Select two of the following:6
LOGIC AND CRITICAL THINKING
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
ETHICS: THEORY AND PRACTICE
List A
Select one of the following or any Required Core course not already used:3
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
ETHICS: THEORY AND PRACTICE
List B
Select two of the following:6
WESTERN CIVILIZATION I
WESTERN CIVILIZATION II
WORLD RELIGIONS
ASIAN PHILOSOPHY
List C
Select one of the following:3-6
WORLD HISTORY I
WORLD HISTORY II
HUMANITIES THROUGH THE ARTS I
HUMANITIES THROUGH THE ARTS II
CULTURE AND THE MEDIA
CULTURE AND THE MEDIA
INTRODUCTION TO HUMANITIES: ARTS AND IDEAS
WORLD MYTHOLOGY
MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE
LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE
CHICANO LITERATURE
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
LITERATURE OF THE U.S. - MEXICO BORDERLANDS AND BAJA CALIFORNIA
LITERATURE BY WOMEN
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I
MANDARIN CHINESE I
ELEMENTARY FRENCH I
ELEMENTARY ITALIAN I
INTRODUCTORY ELEMENTARY JAPANESE
and CONTINUATION OF ELEMENTARY JAPANESE
BEGINNING JAPANESE I
ELEMENTARY FILIPINO I
ELEMENTARY PORTUGUESE I
INTRODUCTION TO ELEMENTARY SPANISH
and CONTINUATION OF ELEMENTARY SPANISH
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II
MANDARIN CHINESE II
ELEMENTARY FRENCH II
ELEMENTARY ITALIAN II
BEGINNING JAPANESE II
ELEMENTARY FILIPINO II
ELEMENTARY PORTUGUESE II
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I
INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN I
INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I
INTERMEDIATE TAGALOG I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II
INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN II
INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
SPANISH FOR BILINGUALS I
SPANISH FOR BILINGUALS II
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE FOR BILINGUALS
INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION AND WRITING ON SPANISH CULTURE
INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION AND WRITING ON LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE
Total Units18-21
*

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses specific to the transfer institution of choice. University requirements vary from institution to institution and are subject to change. Therefore, it is important to verify transfer major preparation and general education requirements through consultation with a counselor in either the Counseling Center or Transfer Center. See catalog Transfer Courses Information section for further information.

SDSU also requires three consecutive courses in a single foreign language as part of the requirement for the bachelor’s degree. Foreign language competency may also be demonstrated by successfully completing four years of one foreign language in high school or by successfully completing a challenge examination. See a counselor for additional information.