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Associate in Arts Degree

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.

Required Core Courses (21 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
PHIL001Introduction to Philosophy3 units
PHIL002Introduction to Logic3 units
Select one:

Comparative Religions
World Philosophers on Death and the Good Life

3 units
3 units
PHIL005Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy3 units
PHIL022Philosophy of Religion3 units
ENGL001AEnglish Composition3 units
Select one:

Introduction to Ethics
Logic & Critical Reasoning

3 units
3 units

Total Major Units: 21 units

To be awarded an Associate Degree, a student must:

  1. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in the major requirements.
  2. Completion of WVC, CSU-Breadth, or IGETC General Education patterns. Students whose goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree should complete the CSU-Breadth or IGETC General Education pattern.
  3. Complete additional degree applicable units to meet the minimum 60-unit Associate Degree requirements.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Analyze the vitality and relevance of classical philosophical debates to contemporary life.
  • Identify and describe characteristics of diverse multicultural traditions.
  • Apply philosophy's analytical approach to people's most basic assumptions about the world and human experience.
  • Demonstrate clarity and rigor of thought and expression.
  • Evaluate reasoning in order to develop precise and persuasive arguments and to resist faulty arguments
Last Updated 10/14/22