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Religious Studies Program

The Cal Poly Philosophy Department houses a Religious Studies program with a wide variety of courses in GE and a Religious Studies minor.

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Between the Species

Between the Species online journal logoAn online philosophy journal about the relationship between humans and animals.
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Ethics Group


Cal Poly's Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group focuses on the implications and impact of emerging sciences and technologies.
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Student Essay Contest

Philosophy Writing Contest2018 Deadline is April 19th.
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Four-Year Flowchart

  FALL  winter spring units
Freshman

Lower-Division GE-Area A.1

Lower-Division GE

Free Elective

12 units

PHIL 126- Area A.3

Lower-Division GE

Lower-Division GE

12 units

PHIL 101

Lower-Division GE

Lower-Division GE

Lower-Division GE- Area A.2

16 units

40
Sophomore

PHIL 230 or 231

PHIL 241

Lower-Division GE

Lower-Division GE

16 units

PHIL 230 or 231

PHIL 242

Lower-Division GE

Lower-Division GE

16 units

PHIL 321

History of Philosophy Elective

Lower-Division GE

Lower-Division GE

16 units

48/88
Junior

PHIL 331 (offered F/W/S)

History of Philosophy Elective

Upper-Division GE

Free Elective

16 units

History of Philosophy Elective

Upper-Division PHIL Elective

Upper-Division GE

Free Elective

16 units

History of Philosophy Elective

Upper-Division PHIL Elective

Upper-Division GE

Free Elective

16 units

48/136
senior

PHIL 412

Upper-Division PHIL Elective

Free Elective

Free Elective

16 units

PHIL 411

PHIL 460

Upper-Division PHIL Elective

Free Elective

14 units

PHIL 461

Upper-Division PHIL Elective

Free Elective

Free Elective

14 units

44/180

Notes:

  • MOST GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES CAN BE TAKEN I N ANY ORDER AS LONG AS PREREQUISITES ARE MET
  • * Refer to current catalog for prerequisites.
  • **One course from each of the following GE areas must be completed: A1, A2, A3, B1, B1, B2, B3, (B4 [lab] must be completed with either B2 or B3),
  • B1-B5 elective, C1, C3, C4, D1, D2, D3, D4, D5 and F. C4, D5 and F should be taken only after Junior standing is reached (90 units).
  • Two(2) courses must be completed from B1. No PHIL class may be taken to satisfy GE C4.
  • Refer to online catalog for GE course selection, United States Cultural Pluralism (USCP) and Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR). USCP requirement can be satisfied by some (but not all) courses within GE categories: C3, C4, D1, D3, D4, D5 or F.
  • PHIL 126 is recommended for A3 for PHIL majors, offered only in Winter.
  • History of Philosophy Electives: Any four of the following PHIL courses: 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316 or 317.
  • Upper-Division PHIL Electives: Either 20 units in the Ethics and Society Concentration or 20 units of 300-400 level PHIL courses, 12 units of which must be 400 level.
  • An additional 4 units of free electives may substitute.

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