Philosophy (AA-T Degree A0424)

Humanities and Social Science Division

Philosophy studies basic issues in ethics, social philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, and contemporary philosophies of life. Special consideration is given to an understanding of sound thinking and constructing well thought out arguments.
The degree program requires students to develop a foundational knowledge necessary to pursue post-secondary degrees in philosophy and a variety of specializations in the field. Moreover, the program fosters critical thinking and critically analysis of philosophical arguments. The degree provides students with a core curriculum that instills the knowledge, skills, and practices of philosophical content, theory and methodology.  The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree is designed to assist students in seamlessly transferring to a CSU major in Philosophy.
To earn an Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU system that consist of the IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better.  Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirement.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
CORE COURSES6
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Logic - Honors
Plus one course from:
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy - Honors
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Ethics - Honors
LIST A3
Choose three units from the following list or any course not selected from core courses
Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
Introduction to Ancient Philosophy - Honors
Introduction to Modern Philosophy
Introduction to Modern Philosophy - Honors
Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking and Writing
Critical Thinking and Writing - Honors
Major World Religions
Major World Religions - Honors
Critical Thinking and Writing
Critical Thinking and Writing - Honors
LIST B: Select any two courses from LIST A not already used.6-7
LIST C: Select any one course from LIST A not already used3-4
Total Units for the Major18-19
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 1
Total Units 60

Program Learning Outcomes

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Guided Pathways of Study

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Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
CSU MATH CSU GE B4 Mathematics Crse 3 3-4
CSU ARTS CSU GE C1 Arts Crse 3 3
Faculty recommends PHIL 5 as preferred course 5  
 Units10-11
Spring Term 1
PHIL 3 Introduction to Logic 3 3
CSU SELF CSU GE E Lifelong n SelfDev cr 3 3
 Units6
Summer Term 1
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3 3
 Units3
Fall Term 2
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3 3
CSU SCNC1 CSU GE B1 Physical Sc Crse 3 3-5
CSU ELECT CSU Trnsf Course (Elective) 3 1-5
 Units7-13
Winter Term 2
CSU ETHS CSU GE Area F Ethnic Studies 3 3
 Units3
Spring Term 2
CSU BEHAV CSU GE D Social Sciences Crse 3 3
CSU SCNC2 CSU GE B2 Life Sc Crse 3 3-5
CSU LAB CSU GE B3 Phy/Life Sc Lab Crse 1 1-2
CSU ELECT CSU Trnsf Course (Elective) 3 1-5
CSU ELECT to meet 60 transfer units for transfer 0  
 Units8-15
 Total Units37-51
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