FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about the undergraduate program in the UC Davis Department of Philosophy.

Philosophy Major

Do community college courses satisfy the UCD philosophy major requirements?

Some do and some do not. Even though your community college (CC) course that has transferred has the same name as a UC Davis course, do not assume that it counts toward the Philosophy major. The courses you took must be evaluated by the philosophy major advisor. In order to be equivalent to UC Davis PHI 12, Introduction to Symbolic Logic, a community college course must have covered truth-tables and all the inference rules of sentential (propositional) logic. For History of Philosophy: Ancient or Early Modern (PHI 21, 22), the key issue is whether the CC course used primary sources. Consult ASSIST (Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer) to identify equivalency between community college and UC Davis philosophy courses. The abbreviation "PHI" designates courses in the Department of Philosophy.

Can upper-division courses I took at another university be used to satisfy the UC Davis major requirements?

Yes, if the course is substantially similar to a UC Davis philosophy course. Visit the philosophy major advisor for approval.

Do I need to complete the "preparatory subject matter" (lower-division courses) before I can take upper-division philosophy courses?

Courses may be taken in any order, but be sure to check for prerequisites. For most people, PHI 12 should be taken before any other logic course. PHI 21 should be taken before any course in ancient philosophy (160, 161, 162). PHI 22 should be taken before any course in modern philosophy (151, 157, 168, 169, 170, 172, 174, 175).

Do graduate courses count toward the major?

Yes. But see the instructor before signing up, to determine whether you are prepared for the course. Also, be aware that graduate courses do not count toward the College of Letters and Science unit requirements for upper-division courses. These are: 1) 64 units of upper-division overall; 2) 27 upper-division units, including 18 upper-division units in the major, completed on the Davis campus; 3) 36 upper-division units in the major. These requirements are especially crucial for community college transfer students with 10 or more transferred units. In general, we recommend petitioning to receive upper-division credit for the course.

Can I substitute courses from other departments or programs for philosophy units?

No. The unit requirement for the philosophy major already is quite low.

Can I take courses for the major on a pass/non-pass basis?

Yes, you may, up to the limits set by the College of Letters and Science — i.e., one-fourth of your total units taken at UC Davis (except for PHI 199 and other courses that are graded on a pass/non-pass basis only). You also must comply with the limits set for the campus: you may enroll on a pass/non-pass basis for no more than one-third of your total units taken at UC Davis. If you are thinking about taking a course on this basis, please see the major advisor about how it will look on your transcript.

Do courses taken abroad count toward the major?

They may or may not, depending on how closely they parallel the content of courses that the UC Davis Department of Philosophy offers. You should consult with the major advisor to determine in advance of your departure overseas which courses taken abroad would be suitable for your major at UC Davis.

Do courses that are used to satisfy the GE requirements count toward the major?

Yes.

What do I need to do in order to declare a double major?

We encourage you to meet with the undergraduate academic advisors for your major programs to ensure compliance with any specific rules that would affect success in petitioning for a double major. You may submit a petition online through the student portal. At the top left, select "Academics," then choose "Student Advising" and within that area, select "Forms & Petitions."
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What happens if major requirements change while I am a student?

You have the right to complete the requirements listed in the General Catalog at the time you entered the university. If, however, you choose to complete the revised requirements instead, you may do so.

Philosophy Minor

How can I use lower-division units to satisfy the minor?

You can do so only by taking PHI 12 as a substitute for one upper-division course. The abbreviation "PHI" designates courses in the Department of Philosophy.

Can courses I took at community college be used to satisfy the minor?

Yes, but only under certain conditions. Students may substitute a course approved as equivalent to PHI 12. Consult ASSIST (Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer) to identify equivalency between community college and UC Davis philosophy courses. 

How and when should I file for the minor?

Forms are available only from your college office. They require signature of both the major advisor and the minor advisor. Substitutions for listed courses may be made only through petition to the Dean's Office, signed by the minor advisor. Therefore, you should file only when you either have completed all the listed courses or are certain that you will. The last date for filing is the end of the second week of instruction in the quarter of graduation.

Do graduate courses count toward the minor?

Yes. But see the instructor before signing up, to determine whether you are prepared for the course. Also, be aware that graduate courses do not count toward the College of Letters and Science unit requirements for upper-division courses. These are: 1) 64 units of upper-division overall; and 2) 27 upper-division units, including 18 upper-division units in the major, completed on the Davis campus. These requirements are especially crucial for community college transfer students with 100 or more transferred units.

Can I substitute courses from other departments or programs for philosophy units?

No. The unit requirement for the philosophy minor already is quite low.

Do courses used to satisfy the GE requirements count toward the minor?

Yes.

Can I take courses for the minor on pass/non-pass basis?

Yes, up to any limits set by your college. If you are thinking about taking a course on this basis, please see the minor advisor about how it will look on your transcript.

 

What if I have other questions?