Sample Study Plan for double Major in Philosophy and Chinese Studies

China has a long and rich philosophical tradition, which provides not only a valuable resource on its own, but also a contrast for gaining a deeper understanding of Western philosophy. In a pluralistic world today, building a cross-cultural education basis is particularly important. GVSU is proud of our unique strength in Chinese philosophy. With a major in philosophy, one can take PHI 210 (Eastern Philosophy) and PHI 306 (Eastern Great Philosophers), and take some additional courses for a Chinese major. The table below is a sample study plan for earning the double major. Please consult with an advisor in both programs to make your own plan.

* These are credit hours that are not included in the major requirement.


Philosophy Major


Students majoring in philosophy must complete a minimum of 30 hours in the department, including PHI 103, 495 and 4 of the 5 history of philosophy courses (311, 312, 313, 314, 315) and one course in non-Western philosophy.

Chinese Studies Major


33 semester hours (24 required, nine electives), with 6 of the 33 earned in studying abroad in mainland China or Taiwan

Year 1 (odd) Fall

PHI 101

CHI 101*

PHI 102



PHI 103

CHI 102*

Spring/Summer (study abroad in China), Fulfill Gen. Ed. Theme requirement

PHI 380 (comparative philosophy)

EAS 201

PHI 210


Year 2 (even) Fall

PHI 311

CHI 201*

PHI 306

PLS 283


PHI 312

CHI 202*

Year 3 (odd) Fall

PHI 313 or PHI 314

CHI 301


HST 333


HST 342


PHI 315

CHI 302

PHI 310


Year 4 (even) Fall

PHI 495

CHI 321



CHS 495


CHI 322

36 credits, 6 (PHI 210 and 306) can be counted toward CHS

27 credits, + 6 from PHI courses = 33





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