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Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy


Students may earn a B.A. in Philosophy that explores traditional areas of philosophy or pursue a concentration within the major in Philosophy and Literature or History and Philosophy of Science

To declare the major, please download and complete the course requirements sheet here. Please check the Stanford Bulletin (ExploreDegrees) for the most up to date requirements.

B.A. in Philosophy (Traditional)

  1. Course requirements, minimum 55 units:
    1. preparation for the major: an introductory course (under 100) and PHIL 80 Mind, Matter, and Meaning. (PHIL 80 should normally be taken no later than the first quarter after declaring the major.) Students taking a Philosophy Thinking Matters course may count 4 units toward the introductory Philosophy requirement. Students who took the Winter/Spring Philosophy Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) track may count 5 units toward the Introductory Philosophy requirement. (IHUM courses are no longer offered).
    2. the core: 24 additional Philosophy units as follows:
      1. Logic: Select one of the following. More advanced logic courses may also be counted for this requirement by petition.
        COURSE   UNITS
        PHIL 49 Survey of Formal Methods 4
        PHIL 150 Mathematical Logic 4
        PHIL 151 Metalogic 4
        PHIL 154 Modal Logic 4
      2. Philosophy of science: This requirement may be satisfied by PHIL 60, PHIL 61, or an intermediate philosophy of science course numbered between PHIL 160-169.
      3. Moral and political philosophy: This requirement may be satisfied by PHIL 2 or any intermediate course devoted to central topics in moral and political philosophy numbered between PHIL 170-172 or 174-176.
      4. Contemporary theoretical philosophy: This requirement may be satisfied by any intermediate course numbered between PHIL 180-189.
      5. History of Philosophy: Select both of the following
        COURSE   UNITS
        PHIL 100 Greek Philosophy 4
        PHIL 102 Modern Philosophy, Descartes to Kant 4
    3. one undergraduate seminar from the PHIL 194 series.
    4. electives: courses numbered 10 or above, at least 9 units of which must be in courses numbered above 99.
  2. Units for Tutorial, Directed Reading (PHIL 196 Tutorial, Senior Year, PHIL 197 Individual Work, Undergraduate, PHIL 198 The Dualist Undergraduate Journal), The Dualist (PHIL 198 The Dualist Undergraduate Journal), Honors Seminar (PHIL 199 Seminar for Prospective Honors Students), or affiliated courses may not be counted in the 55-unit requirement. No more than 10 units completed with grades of 'satisfactory' and/or 'credit' may be counted in the 55-unit requirement. Any courses taken for a letter grade in fulfillment of the core requirements listed under 1.b. must be taken for a minimum of 3 units and completed with a  grade of 'C-' or higher.
  3. A maximum of 10 transfer units or two courses can be used for the departmental major. In general, transfer courses cannot be used to satisfy the six area requirements or the undergraduate seminar requirement. Students may not substitute transfer units for the PHIL 80 requirement.
For more information on courses, see the Stanford Bulletin Philosophy Bachelor's Page.

For those who wish to declare a major in Philosophy, please contact the undergraduate administrator to get the General Program Major Declaration Packet.