The concentration in philosophy provides students with an understanding of philosophical inquiry and method. The concentration offers an introduction to central themes both in the history of philosophy and in the current literature. Students have the opportunity to sharpen their critical reasoning skills while addressing profound questions regarding the nature of existence, knowledge, law, morality, politics, and science. Students should consult with an academic advisor in the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies about a proposed selection of courses before registering.


  • No more than two courses may be taken in any one philosophical sub-discipline.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours which includes 12 upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Students should consult with an academic advisor in the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies about a proposed selection of courses before registering.


PHI 318 Philosophy of Religion, HU (3)

PHI 331 OR PHI 315 Philosophy of Language, HU (3)

PHI 332 OR PHI 316 Metaphysics, HU (3)

PHI 334 OR PHI 317 Philosophy of Mind, HU (3)


PHI 313 Probability, Evidence, and Decision (3) (Prerequisites: MAT 119 (or higher); Min 30 hours; Credit allowed for HPS 313 or PHI 313)

PHI 314 Philosophy of Science, HU (3)

PHI 325 Philosophy of Social Science, HU or SB (3)

PHI 330 OR PHI 312 Theory of Knowledge, HU (3)


PHI 103 Principles of Sound Reasoning, L or HU (3)

PHI 333 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3)

PHI 413 Advanced Symbolic Logic (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 56 hours)


PHI 304 Existentialism, HU (3)

PHI 328 OR PHI 301 History of Ancient Philosophy, HU & H (3)

PHI 329 OR PHI 302 History of Modern Philosophy, HU & H (3)

PHI 401 Rationalism (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 56 hours)

PHI 402 Empiricism, HU (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 56 hours)

PHI 403 Contemporary Analytic Philosophy, HU (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 56 hours)

Ethics / Political Philosophy

PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics, HU (3)

PHI 120 Introduction to Medical and Bioethics, HU (3)

PHI 306 Applied Ethics, HU (3)

PHI 307 Philosophy of Law, HU (3)

PHI 310 Environmental Ethics, HU (3)

PHI 320 Bioethics, HU (3)

PHI 326 Philosophy of Happiness (3)

PHI 335 History of Ethics, HU (3)

PHI 336 OR PHI 309 Social and Political Philosophy, HU (3)

PHI 337 OR PHI 305 Ethical Theory, HU (3)

PHI 338 Metaethics (3) (Credit is allowed for only PHI 338 or PHI 420 (Metaethics))

PHI 360 Business and Professional Ethics, HU (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 45 hours)

PHI 406 Moral Dilemmas, L or HU (3)

PHI 408 Feminist Ethics, HU (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 45 hours)


PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy, HU (3)

PHI 311 Philosophy and Literature, HU (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 45 hours)

PHI 319 Philosophy, Computing and Artificial Intelligence, CS (3)

PHI 339 OR PHI 308 Philosophy of Art, HU (3)

PHI 390 Jewish Philosophy (3)

PHI 391 Historical Perspectives on Philosophy and Religion (3)

PHI 428 Immunophilosophy (3) (Prerequisites: MIC 420, PHI 317, HPS314, or PHI 428 C or better. Credit allowed for MIC 428 or PHI 428)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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