Major and Minor

Philosophy Major

Preparation For The Major (4 Courses)
  • Philosophy 7 – Introduction to Philosophy of Mind  or
    Philosophy 21 – Skepticism and Rationality
  • Philosophy 22 or 22W – Introduction to Ethical Theory (Note that Phil 22 is offered during summer and only once during the academic year. Phil 22W is also offered once during the year, and is restricted to freshmen and sophomores. Contact the philosophy counselor at philcounselor@humnet.ucla.edu to find out when Phil 22 will be offered next.)
  • Philosophy 31 – Logic, First Course
  • One additional lower division Philosophy course
Major (13 Courses, 52 Units)
  • Philosophy 100A, 100B, and 100C
  • Seven courses, two from three of the four groups and one from the remaining group:
    • Group I–History (Courses M101A-C119; 201-220)
    • Group II–Logic, Semantics, and Philosophy of Science (Courses 124-138; 221A-233)
    • Group III–Ethics and Value Theory (Courses 150-166; 241-258)
    • Group IV–Metaphysics/Epistemology (Courses 170-M187; 271-289)
  • Three additional upper division or graduate level Philosophy courses
  • Contract courses (Philosophy 199 can be applied toward the elective portion of the major only (not the group component). The Department will accept a maximum of 8 units of 199 on the major.
  • All prep and major courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Philosophy courses taken at another institution that transfer in by title may be petitioned for the prep (lower division) or major (upper division). Click here for online course substitution instructions.
  • Students can declare the major upon completion of the four preparatory courses listed above with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.  Students must also hold a 2.0 GPA or higher overall. The major can be declared by speaking with an adviser in Dodd 329.
  • Click here for a checklist of major requirements.
  • Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.
  • Click here for information regarding Departmental Honors.

Philosophy Minor

Prep for the Minor (2 courses):
  • Philosophy 7 or 21
  • Philosophy 22 or 22W or 31 (Note that Phil 22 is offered during summer and only once during the academic year. Phil 22W is also offered once during the year, and is restricted to freshmen and sophomores. Contact the philosophy counselor at philcounselor@humnet.ucla.edu to find out when Phil 22 will be offered next.)
Minor (6 courses, 24 units):
  • 1 from each of three different groups:
    • Group I: History of Philosophy (Courses 100A-C119, 201-220)
    • Group II: Logic, Semantics, Philosophy of Science (Courses 124-138, 221A-233)
    • Group III: Ethics/Value Theory (Courses 150-166, 241-258)
    • Group IV: Metaphysics and Epistemology (Courses 170-M187, 271-289)
  • Two additional upper division Philosophy courses from any group.
  • One additional upper or lower division Philosophy course.
  • All courses on the minor must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Students can declare the minor upon completion of at least 12 units of Philosophy at UCLA with a grade of C or better. The overall GPA must be above a 2.0. The minor may be added by emailing philcounselor@humnet.ucla.edu or stopping by Dodd 329.
  • Philosophy courses taken at another institution that transfer in by title may be petitioned for the minor. Click here for online course substitution instructions.
  • Click here for a checklist of minor requirements.
  • Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.