2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog 
    Apr 14, 2024  
2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, B.A.

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 .

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

Students completing this program will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • define concepts and use traditional vocabulary of philosophy
  • use the logical methods of analysis to critically assess philosophical arguments
  • apply methods of philosophy to specific issues and problems
  • identify, articulate, and evaluate philosophical arguments.