WAYS Requirements

Beginning Autumn Quarter 2013, entering first-year students must satisfy the WAYS requirement, an initiative of Stanford University to develop undergraduate capacities through the general education requirements.

You will find that a variety of philosophy courses satisfy WAYS requirements. Find all the WAYS categories below and examples of Philosophy courses that fulfill each category. 

The WAYS requirement includes the completion of 11 WAYS courses in eight diverse areas — two courses each in WAY-AII (Aesthetic and Interpretive Inquiry), WAY-SI (Social Inquiry), and WAY-SMA (Scientific Method and Analysis), and one course in each of the remaining five WAYS.  Although courses may be certified to fulfill two WAYS, you may only count a single course toward any one WAY requirement in your program of study

  • Thinking Matters courses typically satisfy a WAY.
  • Courses may also count both for major and General Education requirements.

Please check the Stanford Bulletin (ExploreDegrees) for the most up to date requirements.

You can jump down the page to each of the following sections:

WAY-A-II: Aesthetic and Interpretive Inquiry

PHIL 1
2021 - 2022
Winter
Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM
Lawlor, K. (PI)
PHIL 2
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Gottlieb, D. (TA)
Kim, R. (PI)
Amaral, J. (TA)
Kang, S. (TA)
Koeksal, S. (TA)
PHIL 22Q
2021 - 2022
Spring
Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Lawlor, K. (PI)
PHIL 60
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Ryckman, T. (PI)
Wilcox, J. (TA)
PHIL 80
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Kelley, M. (TA)
Gardner, V. (TA)
Pistol, L. (TA)
Wang, Z. (TA)
Peacocke, A. (PI)
PHIL 80
2021 - 2022
Spring
Warren, J. (PI)
PHIL 81
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Monday Wednesday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM
Hazel, A. (TA)
Friesacher, A. (TA)
Peacocke, A. (PI)
Landy, J. (PI)
PHIL 100
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
Hobbs, L. (TA)
Sparling, R. (TA)
Bobonich, C. (PI)
PHIL 102
2021 - 2022
Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
Wong-Taylor, G. (PI)
PHIL 125
2021 - 2022
Winter
Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM
Friedman, M. (PI)
PHIL 133S
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
Butterfield, J. (TA)
Sheehan, T. (PI)
PHIL 137
2021 - 2022
Spring
Hills, D. (PI)
PHIL 165
2021 - 2022
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
Ryckman, T. (PI)
PHIL 167D
2021 - 2022
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Cao, R. (PI)
PHIL 170
2021 - 2022
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Dannenberg, J. (PI)
PHIL 170B
2021 - 2022
Spring
Hills, D. (PI)
PHIL 172
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Slabon, T. (TA)
Hills, D. (PI)
PHIL 175
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Jaarte, M. (TA)
Friedman, D. (TA)
Bratman, M. (PI)
PHIL 180
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Hussain, N. (PI)
PHIL 184
2021 - 2022
Spring
Cohen, M. (PI)
PHIL 186
2021 - 2022
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Jackson, G. (PI)
PHIL 193C
2021 - 2022
Spring
Dannenberg, J. (PI)
Landy, J. (PI)
PHIL 194W
2021 - 2022
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
Peacocke, A. (PI)

WAY-AQR: Applied Quantitative Reasoning

No courses offered in the current year.

WAY-CE: Creative Expression

No courses offered in the current year.

WAY-ED: Engaging Diversity​

No courses offered in the current year.

WAY-ER: Ethical Reasoning

PHIL 2
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Gottlieb, D. (TA)
Kim, R. (PI)
Amaral, J. (TA)
Kang, S. (TA)
Koeksal, S. (TA)
PHIL 13N
2021 - 2022
Spring
Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
Wenar, L. (PI)
PHIL 72
2021 - 2022
Spring
Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Karhu, T. (PI)
PHIL 74A
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Dannenberg, J. (PI)
Dowling, G. (TA)
McGuthry, M. (TA)
PHIL 76
2021 - 2022
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Soon, V. (PI)
PHIL 82
2021 - 2022
Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Sahami, M. (PI)
Reich, R. (PI)
Weinstein, J. (PI)
PHIL 170
2021 - 2022
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Dannenberg, J. (PI)
PHIL 171
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
Coyne, B. (PI)
Jiang, D. (TA)
Mendez, V. (TA)
O'Bryan, J. (TA)
Minsk, A. (TA)
Ikpeazu, C. (TA)
PHIL 172
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Slabon, T. (TA)
Hills, D. (PI)
PHIL 175
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Jaarte, M. (TA)
Friedman, D. (TA)
Bratman, M. (PI)
PHIL 194W
2021 - 2022
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
Peacocke, A. (PI)

WAY-FR: Formal Reasoning

PHIL 49
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Bassett, R. (PI)
Kajercline, H. (TA)
PHIL 99
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Friday
12:15 PM
1:15 PM
Yoon, E. (PI)
Lassiter, D. (PI)
PHIL 99
2021 - 2022
Winter
Friday
12:15 PM
1:15 PM
Yoon, E. (PI)
Goodman, N. (PI)
PHIL 150
2021 - 2022
Autumn
Monday Wednesday
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
Icard, T. (PI)
Hall, Z. (TA)
Shiva, S. (TA)
Harding, J. (TA)
Tilton, S. (TA)
PHIL 151
2021 - 2022
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
Icard, T. (PI)
PHIL 154
2021 - 2022
Spring
Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
van Benthem, J. (PI)

WAY-SMA: Scientific Method and Analysis

PHIL 165
2021 - 2022
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
Ryckman, T. (PI)

WAY-SI: Social Inquiry

No courses offered in the current year.