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 – Introduction to Ethical Theory
  • 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 124-137; 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 31
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 124-137, 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.