2023-2024 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, B.A.

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The Philosophy major provides its students with the opportunity to engage in critical as well as constructive dialogue with the greatest thinkers in both the Eastern and Western traditions. This includes ideas and values, from ancient through contemporary works, which continue to influence and challenge our thinking in all areas of human thought and action. While learning how to read such works philosophically, both class discussions and writing assignments will assist the student in learning how to think, speak, and write philosophically. These skills will cultivate the power to logically analyze and holistically integrate concepts and theories, as well as lay the foundations for a lifetime of learning in that students will learn how to learn for themselves. A degree in philosophy will provide one of the best preparations both for an academic career, as well as for many other professions, such as law, medicine, government and education. 

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. Students must fulfill General Education & All-University Requirements , residency, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Bachelor’s Degree Requirements . This major includes a Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) certified course.

Requirements for the Major (42 Units)

Philosophy majors must earn a minimum grade of “C-” in all courses taken to fulfill the major requirements; and must earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.00 in the major.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Locate and employ discipline-relevant information effectively and ethically. 
  2. Effectively identity and explain philosophical arguments and positions. 
  3. Critically examine arguments and positions by effectively using philosophical methods and analysis.  
  4. Employ the methods of conceptual and philosophical analysis to moral and/or political issues of power and privilege and proposed methods for crating inclusive, racially just, and equitable communities.  
  5. Employ the methods of conceptual and philosophical analysis to issues of the moral relationship between humans and the natural environment.

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