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
2020 - 2021
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
8:30 AM
9:50 AM
Kim, H. (PI)
Fitzpatrick, M. (TA)
Hobbs, L. (TA)
Amaral, J. (TA)
Friedman, D. (TA)
PHIL 2
2020 - 2021
Spring
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM
1:50 PM
Kim, R. (PI)
PHIL 2
2020 - 2021
Summer
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM
1:50 PM
Kim, R. (PI)
PHIL 22Q
2020 - 2021
Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
12:50 PM
Lawlor, K. (PI)
PHIL 60
2020 - 2021
Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:00 AM
11:20 AM
Spencer, L. (TA)
Longino, H. (PI)
PHIL 71H
2020 - 2021
Winter
Wednesday Friday
10:00 AM
11:20 AM
Dowling, G. (TA)
Holliday, J. (PI)
PHIL 80
2020 - 2021
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30 PM
3:50 PM
Lang, J. (TA)
McGuthry, M. (TA)
Peacocke, A. (PI)
PHIL 80
2020 - 2021
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM
1:50 PM
Gottlieb, D. (TA)
Kim, R. (PI)
Lang, J. (TA)
Kang, S. (TA)
PHIL 80
2020 - 2021
Spring
Monday Wednesday
10:00 AM
11:20 AM
Briggs, R. (PI)
PHIL 81
2020 - 2021
Autumn
Monday Wednesday
2:30 PM
3:50 PM
McDonald, T. (TA)
D'aguanno, D. (TA)
Friesacher, A. (TA)
Peacocke, A. (PI)
Landy, J. (PI)
PHIL 100
2020 - 2021
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Attwood, A. (TA)
Sparling, R. (TA)
Bobonich, C. (PI)
PHIL 102
2020 - 2021
Spring
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM
1:50 PM
De Pierris, G. (PI)
PHIL 125
2020 - 2021
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM
1:50 PM
De Pierris, G. (PI)
PHIL 133S
2020 - 2021
Spring
Monday Wednesday
10:00 AM
11:20 AM
Sheehan, T. (PI)
PHIL 165
2020 - 2021
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM
1:50 PM
Ryckman, T. (PI)
Hall, Z. (TA)
PHIL 167D
2020 - 2021
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Cao, R. (PI)
PHIL 170
2020 - 2021
Spring
Tuesday Thursday
2:30 PM
3:50 PM
Dannenberg, J. (PI)
PHIL 172
2020 - 2021
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30 PM
3:50 PM
Hills, D. (PI)
PHIL 176
2020 - 2021
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Wenar, L. (PI)
Chavez, E. (TA)
PHIL 179A
2020 - 2021
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
2:30 PM
3:50 PM
Brophy, S. (TA)
Longino, H. (PI)
PHIL 186
2020 - 2021
Winter
Monday Wednesday
2:30 PM
3:50 PM
Warren, J. (PI)
PHIL 193C
2020 - 2021
Winter
Wednesday
2:30 PM
4:20 PM
Dannenberg, J. (PI)
Salvidea, G. (TA)
Zurita, V. (TA)
Soler, C. (TA)
Jaarte, M. (TA)
Landy, J. (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​

PHIL 179A
2020 - 2021
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
2:30 PM
3:50 PM
Brophy, S. (TA)
Longino, H. (PI)

WAY-ER: Ethical Reasoning

PHIL 2
2020 - 2021
Spring
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM
1:50 PM
Kim, R. (PI)
PHIL 2
2020 - 2021
Summer
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM
1:50 PM
Kim, R. (PI)
PHIL 72
2020 - 2021
Spring
Tuesday Thursday
4:30 PM
5:50 PM
Karhu, T. (PI)
PHIL 74A
2020 - 2021
Autumn
Monday Wednesday
1:00 PM
2:20 PM
Gottlieb, D. (TA)
Dannenberg, J. (PI)
Wilcox, J. (TA)
PHIL 75E
2020 - 2021
Spring
Monday Wednesday
4:00 PM
5:20 PM
Lim, C. (PI)
PHIL 76
2020 - 2021
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Blajer de la Garza, Y. (PI)
Koeksal, S. (TA)
PHIL 78E
2020 - 2021
Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Keeling, G. (PI)
PHIL 82
2020 - 2021
Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
1:00 PM
2:20 PM
Sahami, M. (PI)
Reich, R. (PI)
Sheng, J. (TA)
Goldstein, E. (TA)
Patel, N. (TA)
Sturm, L. (TA)
Vitko, A. (TA)
Panchakunathorn, P. (TA)
Miller, L. (TA)
Kenney, W. (TA)
Stowell, C. (TA)
Lettiere, A. (TA)
Gupta, A. (TA)
Haim, A. (TA)
Weinstein, J. (PI)
PHIL 127
2020 - 2021
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Friedman, M. (PI)
PHIL 135X
2020 - 2021
Spring
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM
1:50 PM
Coyne, B. (PI)
DeJarnett, C. (TA)
PHIL 135X
2020 - 2021
Summer
Surwillo, L. (PI)
PHIL 170
2020 - 2021
Spring
Tuesday Thursday
2:30 PM
3:50 PM
Dannenberg, J. (PI)
PHIL 171
2020 - 2021
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Coyne, B. (PI)
Petrov, P. (TA)
Jiang, D. (TA)
Zweber, A. (TA)
Krass, M. (TA)
O'Bryan, J. (TA)
Jaarte, M. (TA)
PHIL 171P
2020 - 2021
Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Coyne, B. (PI)
Cloward, J. (TA)
PHIL 172
2020 - 2021
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30 PM
3:50 PM
Hills, D. (PI)
PHIL 176
2020 - 2021
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Wenar, L. (PI)
Chavez, E. (TA)

WAY-FR: Formal Reasoning

PHIL 49
2020 - 2021
Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
8:30 AM
9:50 AM
Thobani, I. (TA)
Bassett, R. (PI)
PHIL 49
2020 - 2021
Summer
Monday Wednesday
4:00 PM
5:20 PM
Thompson, D. (PI)
PHIL 99
2020 - 2021
Autumn
Friday
8:30 AM
9:30 AM
Frank, M. (SI)
Kornberg, J. (TA)
Wallack, E. (TA)
Yoon, E. (SI)
Qing, C. (TA)
Han, J. (TA)
Hu, X. (TA)
Kenney, W. (TA)
Shacklette, D. (TA)
Lassiter, D. (PI)
PHIL 99
2020 - 2021
Winter
Friday
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
Mitchell, J. (PI)
Ahmed, H. (TA)
Yoon, E. (PI)
Turman, J. (TA)
Han, J. (TA)
Karra, M. (TA)
Regan, S. (TA)
Shacklette, D. (TA)
Goodman, N. (PI)
PHIL 150
2020 - 2021
Autumn
Monday Wednesday Friday
8:30 AM
9:30 AM
Chipman, J. (PI)
Ettel, J. (TA)
Rogers, S. (TA)
Tilton, S. (TA)
PHIL 151
2020 - 2021
Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:00 AM
11:20 AM
Lawrence, P. (TA)
Icard, T. (PI)
Friesacher, A. (TA)
Tilton, S. (TA)
PHIL 154
2020 - 2021
Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
van Benthem, J. (PI)

WAY-SMA: Scientific Method and Analysis

PHIL 165
2020 - 2021
Winter
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM
1:50 PM
Ryckman, T. (PI)
Hall, Z. (TA)

WAY-SI: Social Inquiry

PHIL 135X
2020 - 2021
Spring
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM
1:50 PM
Coyne, B. (PI)
DeJarnett, C. (TA)
PHIL 135X
2020 - 2021
Summer
Surwillo, L. (PI)