2018-2019 Catalog


Philosophy Program Learning Outcomes

College of Arts and Humanities

Department of Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Roadmaps

Philosophy Option

Religious Studies Option



Religious Studies


Sheela Pawar, Department Chair
Dana S. Belu, Brian Gregor
Department Office: LCH C-312, (310) 243-3636

Emeriti Faculty

Charles Fay, William Hagan, John LaCorte, Donald Lewis, Eiichi Shimomisse, Rudy Vanterpool

Program Description

The Philosophy department offers a major and a minor in Philosophy and a minor in Religious Studies. The program provides a strong foundation in the history of Western thought and deals with a variety of ongoing philosophical and religious issues, tracing them from their origins in early Greek and other historical sources to current theories and disputes. The department recognizes the importance of cultural diversity and through its course offerings addresses multicultural concerns.


The faculty members of the Department of Philosophy bring with them a deep interest in their subjects and together provide a wide spectrum of interests and expertise in the areas of both philosophy and religious studies. All of the faculty members hold their doctoral degrees from highly respected universities, and are active in research and writing.

In scheduling classes, the department endeavors to provide sufficient course offerings to permit those students who work the opportunity to complete the major in a timely manner. For full-time students, courses necessary to fulfill the major are offered within a four-semester period.

Academic Advisement

Students should consult an advisor as early as possible so that the most suitable combination of courses can be planned in advance.


Students in the Philosophy program are involved in ongoing assessment. As part of the requirements of core courses, journals are required in addition to other written assignments such as research papers. The PHI 490 Seminar functions as a capstone experience in which work generated from previous courses in philosophy is reviewed to assist in determining the overall progress of the student in the Philosophy program.


High school students are encouraged to take four years of English and courses in the humanities and sciences.

Transfer students should contact their Advising Center or the CSU Dominguez Hills Philosophy department to identify appropriate lower division major/minor preparatory courses.

Career Possibilities

The study of Philosophy provides students with the mental tools and skills necessary for clear thinking and analysis. This training provides students with the means of more fully understanding the intricacies of virtually any area chosen as a basis for livelihood. For those students interested in doing graduate work in the field or in closely related fields, the major offers a well-rounded preparation for more advanced studies. The bachelor's degree in Philosophy furthermore provides quality preparation for advanced studies in fields such as law and theology. Students might also consider Philosophy as a "second major," providing a balance for their primary major, be it in the humanities or the sciences.

Graduation With Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Philosophy provided he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Four upper division courses, including PHI 490, taken in the Department of Philosophy;
  4. Recommendation by the faculty of the Department of Philosophy.