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International Studies - Philosophy

Effective Fall 2018

Students will be able to add the International Studies-Philosophy major starting Fall 2018.

Language Requirement

International Studies majors are required to demonstrate basic proficiency in a modern foreign language. This can be accomplished in one of the following ways:

Lower Division Requirement (1 Course)

All lower division philosophy courses must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

  • PHIL 10. Introduction to Logic

International Studies Core Courses (3 courses)

All courses are 4-units, upper-division and must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

Disciplinary Focus (8 courses)

All eight (8) courses must be 4 units, upper-division and taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

At least two (2) of the eight (8) upper-division courses must be selected from Course Cluster A. 

Course Cluster A - History of Philosophy:

  • PHIL 100. Plato
  • PHIL 101. Aristotle
  • PHIL 102. Hellenistic Philosophy
  • PHIL 104. The Rationalists (Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz)
  • PHIL 105. The Empiricists (Locke, Berkeley, Hume)
  • PHIL 106. Kant
  • PHIL 107. Hegel
  • PHIL 108. 19th century Philosophy (Schopenhauer, Marx, Nietzsche)
  • PHIL 109. History of Analytic Philosophy (Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Carnap)
  • PHIL 110. History of Philosophy: Ancient (Plato, Aristotle)
  • PHIL 111. History of Philosophy: Early Modern (Descartes, Locke, Hume)
  • PHIL 112. History of Philosophy: Late Modern (Kant, Hegel)
  • PHIL 155. Mexican Philosophy
  • PHIL 156. Topics in Asian Philosophy
  • PHIL 161. Topics in the History of Ethics (Confucius, Aristotle, Mill)
  • PHIL 166. Classics in Political Philosophy (Plato, Marx, Arendt)
  • PHIL 180. Phenomenology (Brentano, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty)
  • PHIL 181. Existentialism (Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Sartre, De Beauvoir)
  • PHIL 183. Topics in Continental Philosophy (Frankfurt school, contemporary French)

At least two (2) of the eight (8) upper-division courses must be selected from Course Cluster B.

Course Cluster B - Philosophical Topics in Contemporary International Studies:

  • PHIL 134. Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 139. Global Justice
  • PHIL 148. Philosophy and the Environment
  • PHIL 152. Philosophy of Social Science
  • PHIL 160. Ethical Theory
  • PHIL 162. Contemporary Moral Issues
  • PHIL 163. Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL 164. Technology and Human Values
  • PHIL 165. Freedom, Equality, and the Law
  • PHIL 167. Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 168. Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 170. Philosophy and Race
  • PHIL 173. Topics in Bioethics

At least one (1) of the eight (8) upper-division courses must be selected from Course Cluster C.

Course Cluster C - Logic Requirement:

  • PHIL 120. Symbolic Logic I
  • PHIL 122. Advanced Topics in Logic
  • PHIL 123. Philosophy of Logic

The remaining three (3) courses can be any upper-division philosophy courses listed in Clusters A, B and C.

Interdisciplinary Elective Courses (3 courses)

All three (3) courses must be upper-division, 4 units and taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

Course Pre-requisites: Students are responsible for meeting all departmental pre-requisite courses.  Please refer to the General Catalog for additional information.

Regional Requirement

Three (3) of the eleven (11) Disciplinary Focus and Interdisciplinary Elective courses must focus on one region.

  • Note: This requirement is an overlap requirement comprised of courses that count for both the Disciplinary Focus or Interdisciplinary Elective courses and the Regional Requirement.
  • Regional Requirement courses may come all from within the Disciplinary Focus, Interdisciplinary Electives, or a combination of the two.
  • Possible regions include: Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America or the Middle East.

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