Philosophy

Double Major

Map of the solar system - ptolemaic systemAdding Philosophy As a Second Major

Philosophy can apply to anything. That’s what makes a Philosophy Major so perfect as a second major. Because the Philosophy Major is reduced to 32 units when paired with a Major in another program, adding Philosophy as a second major is very feasible. This option is quite common at CSUN, and students who graduate do very well in whatever chosen field they pursue. Some excellent double majors are:

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Philosophy and Psychology
  • Philosophy and Computer Science/Information Technology
  • Philosophy and Biology
  • Philosophy and Film or Media Studies
  • Philosophy and Fine Arts
  • Philosophy and Music
  • Philosophy and Physics
  • Philosophy and Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial, etc.)
  • Philosophy and Literature (English, Spanish, Japanese, etc.)
  • Philosophy and Business/Marketing/Accounting
  • Philosophy and Political Science
  • Philosophy and Women’s Studies

The course requirements for the double major are more flexible than they are for the single major.  For the single major, 3 out of the 44 required units can come from outside of the Philosophy curriculum, but for the double major, you can count 9 outside units.  This makes the double major very feasible.  Adding Philosophy as a second major is quite common at CSUN, and students who graduate do very well in whatever chosen field they pursue.

I. REQUIRED COURSES (23 units)

  • PHIL 201 Ancient Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 202 Modern Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 497 Senior Research Seminar (3)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • PHIL 100 General Logic (4)
  • PHIL 200 Critical Reasoning (3)
  • PHIL 210 Reasoning in the Sciences (3)
  • PHIL 225 Evolutionary Reasoning (3)
  • PHIL 230 Introduction to Formal Logic (3)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • PHIL 360 Ethical Theory (3)
  • PHIL 365 Social and Political Philosophy (3)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • PHIL 350 Epistemology (3)
  • PHIL 352 Metaphysics (3)
  • PHIL 355 Philosophy of Mind (3)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • PHIL 333: American Indian Philosophy (3 units)
  • PHIL 341: Kierkegaard and Nietzsche (3 units)
  • PHIL 342: Existentialism (3 units)
  • PHIL 343: Indian Philosophy (3 units)
  • PHIL 344: Chinese Philosophy (3 units)
  • PHIL 348: Philosophy and Feminism (3 units)

II. ELECTIVES (9 units)

Choose three philosophy courses (9 units), subject to the following conditions:

  1. At least 1 course (3 units) must be at the 400-level (other than PHIL 497 and PHIL 499).
  2. At least 1 course (3 units) must be at the 300-level or higher (excluding courses otherwise counted toward the major requirements).

TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED FOR THE SECOND MAJOR: 32 UNITS

Philosophy as a Second Major Worksheet

Philosophy is sufficiently flexible to complement virtually any other discipline one chooses as a primary major. Students are advised to consult with the department’s academic advisors, Professor Tim Black or Professor Julie Yoo to plan for the double major.