The study of philosophy is at the core of a liberal arts education. The ideal of a liberal arts education is not simply to prepare you for a specific career but to prepare you for a meaningful personal life and for intelligent participation in your community.
The study of philosophy can:
- Enhance analytical, critical and interpretive capabilities that are applicable to any subject matter
- Cultivate the appetite for self-expression and reflection, exchange and debate of ideas, life-long learning, and dealing with problems for which there are no easy answers
- Help prepare one for the tasks of citizenship by providing education that enhances the capacity to participate responsibly and intelligently in public life.
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I. General Education Requirements
Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:
- PACS 001 Pacific Seminar I: What is a Good Society?
- PACS 002 Pacific II Topical Seminar
- PACS 003 Pacific Seminar III: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship
Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 16 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002.
One course from each subdivision below:
- The Individual and Society
- IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
- IB. U.S. Studies
- IC. Global Studies
IIA. Literature, Letters and Language
IIB. Fundamental Human Concerns
IIC. Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
- Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought
- IIIA. Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences
- IIIB. Formal Systems of Thought
- IIIC. Science, Technology, and Society
or a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science
Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more than two courses from a discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.
II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement
a. One year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.
Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.
III. Fundamental Skills
Demonstrate competence in:
- Quantitative analysis
Note: 1) A detailed description of how you can satisfy the fundamental skills above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog.
IV. Breadth Requirement
Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline (Including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)
V. Major Requirements
Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy must complete at least nine courses selected from the five areas below.
- Introductory Course
- PHIL 11 Introduction to Philosophy
- Formal Reasoning
- PHIL 37 Introduction to Logic
- Historical Courses
- PHIL 53 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
- PHIL 55 History of Modern Philosophy
- Specialized Courses (Choose 3 of the following courses)
- PHIL 21 Moral Problems
- PHIL 25 Meaning of Life
- PHIL 27 Fundamental of Ethics
- PHIL 35 Environmental Ethics
- PHIL 47 Philosopher in Depth
- PHIL 61 Philosophy of Science
- PHIL 106 Philosophy of Law
- PHIL 121 Philosophy of Mind
- PHIL 124 Philosophy of Religion
- PHIL 135 Political Philosophy
- PHIL 145 Biomedical Ethics
- PHIL 193 Special Topics
- Systematic Courses (Choose 2 of the following courses)
- PHIL 180 Metaphysics
- PHIL 182 Theory of Knowledge
- PHIL 184 Metaethics: Good, Evil, and Reason
Six of these courses must be completed at the University of the Pacific. Students must notify a member of the department about their intention to major in philosophy so that a major plan can be created.