Academic Catalog

Philosophy, AA-T

Program Description

Philosophy is one of the oldest academic subjects in the world and its concerns have given rise to nearly all other specialized academic disciplines. The primary motivation of philosophy is the desire for knowledge and understanding. Philosophy is an attempt to understand the nature of our reality, our attempts at knowledge, our quest for good and meaningful lives and most ambitiously, our construction of a society that might make these lives possible. Logic and critical thinking courses will explore the methodology of philosophic discourse and academic discourse in general. The student will explore the epistemological, metaphysical, ethical and political dimensions of philosophy, the history of philosophy from its beginnings in the ancient world through contemporary philosophy, and the philosophic concerns manifested in the world's religions.

Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to CSUs for Philosophy majors and/or majors in related disciplines. The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific local CSUs.

Learn more about the program on the Philosophy website

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to critically analyze and evaluate arguments regarding issues of metaphysics and epistemology.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze and evaluate arguments regarding issues of ethics and political philosophy.

Units Required

  • Major: 29-35

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)1 (49-58 units) (full certification is required)
  • Core and support courses (29-35 units, of which 21-22 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Core and Support Courses 

Core Courses
PHIL 7INTRODUCTION TO SYMBOLIC LOGIC5
PHIL 4INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY4-5
or PHIL 8 ETHICS
Support Courses
List A
Complete two courses from List A:8-10
Any course not used from the Core Courses, or any of the following:
CRITICAL THINKING & WRITING
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY 1
ETHICS 1
HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY FROM SOCRATES THROUGH ST. THOMAS
HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY FROM THE RENAISSANCE THROUGH KANT
List B
And complete two items from List B:8-12
Any course not used in List A
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION TO 800 CE
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: 700-1800
and HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION 1789-PRESENT 2
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: 700-1800
and HONORS HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION 1789-PRESENT 2
COMPARATIVE WORLD RELIGIONS: EAST
COMPARATIVE WORLD RELIGIONS: WEST
List C
And complete one course from List C:4-5
Any course not used in List A or List B, or any of the following:
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
WOMEN WRITERS
CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: THE ANCIENT WORLD
HONORS CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: THE ANCIENT WORLD
CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: OF EMPIRES & CONFLICT
WORLD MYTHS IN LITERATURE ARTS & FILM
HONORS WORLD MYTHS IN LITERATURE ARTS & FILM
PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Total Units29-35