B.A. Programs

B.A. in Philosophy

Program Requirements

Course requirements for a B.A. in Philosophy cover the core philosophical disciplines, such as Metaphysics (the study of reality), Epistemology (the study of knowledge), Ethics (the study of the good life) and Logic (the study of good reasoning). These core areas are not only interesting in themselves, they are also useful in reflecting on other things that we do; as a result, we regularly offer courses on topics in other fields of inquiry and practices, such as, Philosophy of the Natural Sciences, Mind, Language, Law, Art, Applied Ethics (e.g., Bioethics, Ethics at Work, Environmental Ethics, etc.), etc.

Philosophy is at least two and a half millennia old, so we have a number of courses that address its history (e.g., Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy and Modern Philosophy). We also offer courses on various individual philosophers (e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, etc.) and non-Western traditions (e.g., Islamic Philosophy, Buddhism, Chinese Philosophy). SF State is unique in also addressing the cross-cultural dimensions of philosophy, regularly offering courses on philosophy in the middle-east and the far-east (e.g., Islamic Philosophy, Islamic Mysticism, Chinese philosophy, Buddhism, etc.).

B.A. in Philosophy Bulletin

B.A. in Philosophy and Religion

Program Requirements

The B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, covers most of the core subjects for the B.A. in Philosophy, including ethics, epistemology, metaphysics and the history of philosophy. However, unlike the B.A. in Philosophy, the B.A. in Philosophy and Religion centers on courses that address the religious experience and those areas of philosophy that overlap with religion. Central areas include Philosophy of Religion, World Religions and The Nature of the Religious Experience. This degree also gives students more opportunities to take elective courses in religion and religious studies.

B.A. in Philosophy and Religion Bulletin

B.A. in Philosophy: Emphasis in Philosophy and Law

Program Requirements

We offer a specialized B.A. in philosophy that emphasizes the skills and coursework typically required by law schools. Like the B.A. in Philosophy, it covers core subjects like ethics, epistemology, mind and the history of philosophy, but it offers an even greater focus on issues at the heart of law and politics, including the philosophy of law, political philosophy and a wide array of courses in applied ethics. Read more about Philosophy and Law.

B.A. in Philosophy: Emphasis in Philosophy and Law Bulletin