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Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy



What will I learn?

The study of philosophy provides students with the unique opportunity to carefully analyze and thoughtfully respond to the fundamental ideas and basic concerns present in human experience. It requires the constructive re-experiencing of those problems and doubts in one’s own life which are also found in the writings of the principal representatives of the eastern and western philosophical traditions. Accordingly, the program places foundational importance on the history of philosophy both East and West. This emphasis on the history of philosophy East and West is unique in the California State University system. The goal is to become acquainted with, evaluate and respond critically and imaginatively to what has been and continues to be of fundamental importance in human experience and to do so in a scholarly manner with an eye toward appropriating the best for oneself and one’s culture.

The program also provides for the development of the analytical, imaginative, and critical skills commonly required for graduate work in philosophy as well as other fields of study.

The philosophy major offers a broad education in the liberal arts, an excellent background for advanced professional training, and an opportunity for its graduates to develop the skills in communication and problem solving which are frequently valued by employers in a wide variety of fields. Opportunities are available in any field in which communication, problem solving, creative imagination, and logic-based critical thinking are essential, such as education, business and industry, medicine, politics, theology, government and public administration. The philosophy major is excellent preparation for law school because it cultivates the analytic and reasoning skills necessary for a successful career in law. Philosophers are trained to be critical and imaginative thinkers; and in the process they develop skills in speaking and writing clearly.

An undergraduate major in philosophy serves as an excellent preparation for training in many professions and philosophy is an outstanding second major for almost any field.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$9,504.00 per year
USD $396 per unit
Application deadline

Expected October 2023

Start date

January 2023


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Gist Hall 210,

1 Harpst Street,



95521, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on high school coursework.

For international students

Applicants must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on high school coursework.

English Language Proficiency

ACT - 22 or above on English test section; Cambridge English Exams - CAE: C1 (180 or above); CPE: C2 (200 or above); IELTS - 6.0; ILSC - Completion of Intermediate 4 (A2); iTEP - 3.7; TOEFL - 71 IBT, 525 PBT, 197 CBT.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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