As Associate Chair, Professor Wilcox is the main approver for graduation applications, major/minor declarations and waivers of college regulations. Please contact Jennifer Waller at to have your petition reviewed before submission.
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Undergraduate Advising

Majors in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts (LCA) should consult with two advisors each semester:

  1. an advisor in the major and
  2. a general education and university requirements advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Center

Students who are completing a minor or an additional major should see an advisor in those programs as well.

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Graduate Advising

  • View our advising information below
  • The Division of Graduate Studies offers counseling and advising regarding issues ranging from applications to graduation.

Undergraduate Advising

Undergraduate Philosophy Advisors
Advisor Focus
Arezoo Islami B.A./Minor in Philosophy
Shelley Wilcox B.A./Minor in Philosophy and SF Scholars
Itzel Garcia B.A. in Philosophy and Philosophy: Concentration in Law
Carlos Montemayor B.A. in Philosophy and Philosophy: Concentration in Law
Alice Sowaal B.A./Minor in Philosophy and Religion

Please email with questions about and assistance with petitions.

As Associate Chair, Dr. Wilcox is the main approver for graduation applications, major/minor declarations and waivers of college regulations. Please contact to have your forms reviewed before submission.

Shelley Wilcox, Professor, Associate Chair

Graduate Advising

Graduate Philosophy Advisors
Olivia Walters Professor Reid Professor Montemayor

Graduate Program Administrative Assistant

Office: HUM 388
Phone: (415) 338-1596

Olivia handles the administrative aspects of the graduate program and is the first point of contact for general inquiries and assistance. Please consult with her regarding your graduation paperwork and scheduling your thesis defense.

Graduate Coordinator for Incoming Students 

Office: HUM 360

Make an appointment by emailing Dr. Reid directly.

Professor Reid handles all matters regarding recruitment and admissions and serves as the advisor for students before they have completed  PHIL 715. 

Graduate Coordinator for Continuing Students

Office: HUM 322

Professor Montemayor handles all matters regarding continuing students. This includes petitions concerning prerequisites, Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Proposal for Culminating Experience (PCE) forms. Additionally, he handles paperwork regarding probation, declassification, and disqualification.

Students need not have completed an undergraduate major in philosophy to be considered for the M.A. program.

Applicants’ prior academic work will be evaluated to see that a number of undergraduate courses have been fulfilled with the grade of 3.0 or better (B) and that the courses reach the level of upper-division coursework in philosophy at SF State. The sole exception to the upper-division coursework criterion is for the Logic (PHIL 205), a lower-division course. Please note that the Department of Philosophy offers a Formal Logic Challenge Exam.

Required undergraduate courses:

  1. Logic (must be equivalent to PHIL 205)
  2. Ancient Philosophy (PHIL 301) [or PHIL 410 in Fall 2021]
  3. Modern Philosophy (PHIL 303)
  4. Ethics (PHIL 450)
  5. One course in Metaphysics and Epistemology (broadly construed):
    • Philosophy of Science (PHIL 350)
    • Metaphysics (PHIL 605)
    • Theory of Knowledge (PHIL 610)
    • Philosophy of Perception (PHIL 611)
    • Philosophy of Mind (PHIL 620)
    • Philosophy of Language (PHIL 630)

Once a student has completed a Proposal for Culminating Experience (PCE), their thesis committee chair will serve as the student’s advisor.

Note: Special paperwork is required to allow semi-retired faculty and lecturers in Philosophy or other departments to serve as readers (no such faculty may serve as thesis chairs).

Eligible chairs are the following:

Students are strongly urged to consult with the graduate coordinator and their faculty advisors at least once each semester.

The following advising schedule should be kept by new and continuing graduate students:

New students should seek out advising with Professor Jeremy Reid prior to registering for courses.

Continuing students should meet with their advisor at the beginning of each semester in order to discuss their progress in the program.

Students should consult with Professor David Landy about when to take PHIL 896, which is the comprehensive examination. In addition to this, continuing students should consult with either Olivia Walters, the Graduate Program Assistant, or David Landy on graduation paperwork such as the ATC and PCE forms.