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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

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

B.A. in Philosophy (Traditional)

Combined minimum of 55 units as follows:

I. Introductory course requirements (2 courses):

  i. One introductory course (any course number smaller than 100); and

  ii. PHIL: 80 Mind, Matter, and Meaning


  • PHIL 80: Mind, Matter, and Meaning should normally be taken no later than the first quarter after declaring the major

  • Students taking a Philosophy Thinking Matters course can 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).

II. Core Requirements:

  i. Logic (PHIL 49, 50, 150, 151, or 154)

  ii. Philosophy of science (PHIL 60, 61, or PHIL 160s)

  iii. Moral and political philosophy (PHIL 2, PHIL 170-172, or 174-176)

  iv. Contemporary theoretical philosophy (PHIL 180s)

  v. History of philosophy (PHIL 100 and 102)

Any units taken for a letter grade in fulfillment of the core requirements above must be completed with a  grade of C- or higher.

III. Undergraduate Seminar:

  i. One undergraduate philosophy seminar from the PHIL 194 series.

IV. Electives:

  i. At least 9 units in courses numbered PHIL 99 and higher.

V. Tutorial:

  i. Units for Tutorial, Directed Reading (PHIL 196: Tutorial, Senior Year; PHIL 197: Individual Work, Undergraduate), The Dualist (PHIL 198: The Dualist), 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.

  ii. 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.