FAQ

Advising

Who do I contact for academic advising regarding the philosophy major/minor?

The philosophy undergraduate advisor is Tanya Kim. You can reach her at philcounselor@humnet.ucla.edu. Tanya is located in Dodd 3219 and her phone number is (310) 206-1356.

How do I add the philosophy major?

Continuing UCLA students must complete all four lower division prep courses with a GPA of 2.0 or higher before adding the major. Students who have exceeded 150 units must receive permission from their main counseling unit before adding the major. Once you have met these requirements, you can meet with Tanya Kim in Dodd 329 and she will switch your major.

For new/incoming UCLA students, see our New Students page.

How do I double major in philosophy?

In order to add the double major, students must complete all of the prep and two upper division classes in both majors. Once this requirement has been met, you may pick up the double major paperwork from your main counseling unit. The advisors for both majors will need to look over and sign off on the double major forms.

How do I add the philosophy minor?

Students can add the philosophy major once they have completed at least 12 units of philosophy coursework at UCLA. Transfer coursework may be used toward minor requirements, but cannot be used to meet the 12-unit requirement to add the minor. Students who have exceeded 150 units must also receive permission from their main counseling unit. Once these requirements have been met, you can meet with Tanya Kim in Dodd 329 or email her at philcounselor@humnet.ucla.edu to add your minor.

How do I petition transfer coursework?

To petition a course for major or minor credit, please follow these instructions:

  1. Visit :https://ccle.ucla.edu/course/view/philosophy-petitions
  2. Log in
  3. Go to the upper left hand corner where it says “Administration” and click on “Enroll me in this course
  4. Once on that page scroll down to “Self-enrollment (Participant)” and enter the following enrollment key (case-sensitive and no space between the letters/numbers): Student123
  5. Please read the Petition Use, Instructions, and Other Information sections before proceeding to the next step, which is then listed below the Undergraduate Course Petition
  6. Click the Undergraduate Course Petition link once you have read the sections listed in step 5
  7. Once you have filled out a petition, click Add submission
  8. You can then drag and drop the files or click either of the upload buttons in the upper left hand corner of the file submissions box
  9. To make changes to the petition or materials uploaded click the Edit submission button
  10. When you have finished uploading all your materials and making and modifications and/or comments make sure to click Submit assignment
  11. Do not un-enroll yourself until you have heard back whether the course(s) has/have been approved or denied. Messages may be sent to you through the site regarding your petition if more information is needed, etc.
  12. Check your email inbox for an email from noreply@ccle.ucla.edu to view the decision and feedback.

What is Departmental Honors and how do I apply?

For information regarding Departmental Honors and to download the PDF version of the application, please click here.

What is a contract course and how do I enroll?

The most common contract courses in the department are Philosophy 198A, 198B, and 199. These are directed research courses under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Phil 198A and 198B are to be connected to upper division courses you are enrolled in, and Phil 199 is a standalone course. In order to enroll in one of these contract courses, you must find a faculty mentor who is willing to supervise your research project and together with your faculty mentor, come up with a plan for the quarter. You can initiate course contracts on MyUCLA. The link is under the “Classes” tab. Once you have printed the contract you will need to obtain your faculty mentor’s signature and submit the contract to Tanya Kim in Dodd 329 and she will enroll you in the course.

Enrollment

Can I repeat a course for credit even if I received a passing grade?

Some upper division philosophy courses can be repeated for credit. On the online schedule of classes or the course catalog, look for the phrase “may be repeated for credit” in the course description. These courses may be repeated only if the topic of instruction has changed from the previous time(s) you took the course. Some courses will have subtitles listed on the schedule of classes, and this will indicate whether the topic has changed. If there are no subtitles, you may email the instructor to check that the course content is sufficiently different.

I can’t enroll in a class because I satisfied the prerequisite course by petition. What should I do?

If you are unable to enroll in a class because the prerequisite was satisfied by a transfer course approved by petition, please email philcounselor@humnet.ucla.edu and Tanya Kim will manually enroll you.

What does it mean if a class or section is listed as “Closed”? What if a class or section is listed as “Cancelled”?

If a class or section is listed as “Closed” there is a chance it may open, depending on instructor availability. If a class or section is listed as “Cancelled” it will most likely not be offered that quarter.

What does it mean if the instructor is listed as “The Staff”?

This usually means that the instructor is a visiting lecturer and has not yet been inputted into the UCLA system. To find out who the instructor will be, you may view the PDF schedule posted to the Courses page of our website.

What does it mean if a course number starts with “M” (e.g. Phil M102, M103A)? What if a course number starts with “C” (e.g. Phil C115, C153B)?

A course number beginning with “M” indicates that the course is cross-listed (i.e. it may also be offered through another department). If you take the class through the other department, you will receive the same credit toward your philosophy major or minor as if you had taken it in the philosophy department. For example, Phil M103A is equivalent to Classics M145A. To find the name of the equivalent course, you may view the course description on the online schedule of classes or in the course catalog.

A course number beginning with “C” indicates that there may be a separate graduate component. “C” courses are taught at the undergraduate level with the expectation that students enrolled in the graduate section will do additional and more rigorous work.

Miscellaneous

Where can I find my professor or TA’s office hours?

You can find faculty office hours here and TA office hours here.

What resources does the department have for students in underrepresented groups?

Our department is proud to have a chapter of Minorities and Philosophy (MAP). For more information on MAP at UCLA, see here.