This track is especially recommended for students who intend to pursue a career in law or public policy. The track involves taking certain specific courses for the major, and possibly a few extra courses, that will provide the student with additional preparation and a competitive edge when applying to law school, post-graduate programs in public policy, and related jobs.
- At least 27 units total
- Logic (100) or Symbolic Logic (301)
- Strongly recommended: a 100-level class in addition to Logic 100
- One core course in Contemporary/Analytic and one core course in History
- Social and Political Philosophy (340) and Philosophy of Law (346) in Value Theory
- Strongly recommended: At least one other Value Theory course
- Strongly Recommended at least one 200-level course
- "Writing Intensive" Course in Philosophy (390)or another Core course
- Capstone Experience (3991 or Honors Thesis 499)
- At least 21 units at 300-level or above (including core courses)*
- At least 6 of those 21 at 400-level**
- Courses cannot be taken Pass/Fail and count toward the major
- Crosslisted courses MUST be approved by the Undergraduate Director, typically only 100 level courses have been allowed
301G - Symbolic Logic
306G - Philosophy of Language
3113 - Theory of Knowledge
3481 - Introduction to Metaphysics
315 - Philosophy of Mind
321G - Philosophy of Science
347C - Ancient Philosophy
349C - Descartes to Hume
357C - Kant & 19th Century Phil
358 - Conceptual Foundations of Modern Science
Value Theory Courses
331F - Classical Ethical Theory
339F - Philosophy of the Arts
340F - Social & Political Philosophy
346 - Philosophy of Law
The Writing Intensive Seminar
Majors are encouraged to fulfill their Writing Intensive requirement by taking Phil. 390 which is specially designated as "Writing Intensive". It is typically taken in the junior year and is limited to 15 students. Significant attention is devoted to conceiving, researching, writing, revising, critiquing, and presenting philosophical essays. A philosophy major who does not take a philosophy writing intensive seminar must take a fourth core course, in any of the three core areas. Priority is given to Philosophy majors and minors who have not yet completed their Writing Intensive requirement.
All Philosophy majors are required to complete a capstone experience, either by writing an honors thesis or by taking the "Philosophy Capstone Course" (Phil 3991). To qualify for doing an honors thesis, students must have, at the end of the junior year, at least a 3.5 GPA in the major, a 3.5 GPA in advanced philosophy courses, and a 3.5 overall GPA. Alternatively, majors should sign up for Phi1 3991 (a three-credit course), which will draw together a variety of different philosophical areas. Only Philosophy majors of senior standing may take this course; preference is given to students not pursuing Honors.
* At least 30 units of the required upper-level courses must be completed with a minimum of a C-.
** Three of these credits (one course) must not be from Honors Thesis or Independent Study.