B.A. Program in Philosophy

Philosophy is an adventure of the mind. Philosophy majors read and discuss ideas generated by some of the greatest thinkers in history, putting these ideas in conversation with each other and with contemporary concerns. Philosophy students also learn to look at theoretical and practical problems from a philosophical perspective.

Because the study of philosophy develops a student's ability to analyze ideas and arguments, to think critically, and to write well, a major in philosophy provides skills that are valued by many kinds of employers and serves as appropriate pre-professional preparation for various fields, including law, medicine, psychology and theology. Additionally, the major provides preparation for students interested in obtaining a background for graduate work in philosophy.


Declare Major

  • Step 1: Check the H&A Student Student Success Center's guidelines for declare/change/add the Philosophy Major. Determine if you currently have under or over 90 units of coursework.
  • Step 2: For under 90 units, you only need to download a PDF of your unofficial transcript. For over 90 units, in addition to the unofficial transcript, you will also need: your current Major Form, and your new Major Form (Philosophy). 
  • Step 3: Download the Philosophy Major Form [pdf] and complete as much as possible before meeting your advisor. 
  • Step 4: Meet with your Philosophy major advisor.
  • Step 5: Complete the Major/Minor Action Form DocuSign. You may reach out to Truc Tran for information regarding the DocuSign packet. 

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