Philosophy Degrees

Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer in Philosophy

The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree (AA-T in Philosophy) is a 60 unit program which provides students the lower division coursework required for transfer to a CSU institution for the major in Philosophy. Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree (AA-T in Philosophy) will be able to demonstrate clarity and rigor of thought and expression; evaluate reasoning in order to develop precise and persuasive arguments and resistance to incorrect arguments; apply philosophy’s analytical approach to people’s most basic assumptions about the world and human experience; analyze the vitality and relevance of classical philosophical debates to contemporary life; and identify and describe characteristics of diverse multicultural traditions.

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the College.

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Associate of Arts Degree in Philosophy

The Associate of Arts degree in Philosophy provides students with the opportunity to develop skills to think logically, critically, and philosophically and apply these skills to everyday life. In developing these abilities, students will be introduced to a wide range of philosophical topics found in the history of ideas. After earning this degree, students will have the abilities necessary to perform in-depth critical analysis and theorizing, which are desired skills in the workforce and in academia.

Upon completion of the Associate of Arts degree in Philosophy, a student will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate clarity and rigor of thought and expression.
  • Evaluate reasoning in order to develop precise and persuasive arguments and to resist faulty arguments
  • Apply philosophy’s analytical approach to people’s most basic assumptions about the world and human condition.
  • Analyze the vitality and relevance of classical philosophical debates to contemporary life.
  • Identify and describe characteristics of diverse multicultural traditions.

Required Core Courses (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
PHIL 1 Introduction to Philosophy 3 units
PHIL 2 Introduction to Logic 3 units
PHIL 4 Comparative Religions 3 units
OR
PHIL 21 World Philosophers on Death and the Good Life 3 units
PHIL 5 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 3 units
PHIL 22 Philosophy of Religion 3 units
ENGL 1A English Composition 3 units
PHIL 3 Introduction to Ethics 3 units
OR
PHIL 17 Logic & Critical Reasoning 3 units

Total Units: 21 units

Last Updated 10/25/21