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Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer (AA-T in Philosophy) degree offers students a fundamental understanding of the main fields of Philosophy, including logic, ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, social and political philosophy, aesthetics, and philosophy of religion. While being exposed to a wide spectrum of major philosophical theories, students have the opportunity to discuss how philosophical issues and problems are related to their personal lives, clarifying their own values and developing their reasoning capabilities.

The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer (AA-T in Philosophy) degree meets the requirements of SB 1440 for Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT). These degrees are intended to make it easier for students to transfer to California State University campuses, but do not exclude admittance to other colleges or universities.

To earn an Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer (AA-T in Philosophy) degree a student must complete the following:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
    • A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will describe accurately, explain clearly, and evaluate fairly various classical and contemporary philosophical issues, concepts, and theories.
  2. Students will be able to identify, to interpret, to reconstruct and to evaluate arguments and non-arguments such as explanations from different disciplines and perspectives logically and quantitatively.
  3. Students will be able to present well-reasoned and clear arguments to support their positions on philosophical issues or social controversies theoretically and factually.

 

Required Core Courses Units

Select 6 units from the following:

 

PHIL 110, Introduction to Logic (3) and

PHIL 106, Introduction to Philosophy (3) or

PHIL 105, Ethics: Moral Issues in Contemporary Society (3)

6
   
Required Electives A Units

Select 3 units from any course in the Required Core not already used or the following:

PHIL 201, Critical Thinking 3
   
Required Electives B Units

Select 6 units from any course in Required Electives List A not already used and the following:

PHIL 108, Philosophy of Religion 3
HIST 101, Western Civilization, From Human Beginnings Until 1750 3
HIST 102, Western Civilization, 1750-Present 3
   

Required Electives C

 

Select 3 units from any course in Required Electives Group A and Group B not already used or the following:

PHIL 109, World Religions 3
ENGL 230, World Literature 1 3
ENGL 231, World Literature 2 3
ENGL 250, Cross-Cultural Literature in America 3

Except in cases of prerequisite requirement, it is not required that courses be taken in exactly this sequence; they are recommended in this order to facilitate success.

 

Recommended Plan of Study

 
First Semester Units
CSU GE requirement Area A1 (COMM 101 or COMM 103) 3
CSU GE requirement Area A2 (ENGL 101) 3
CSU GE requirement Area B4 3-5
CSU GE requirement Area C1 3
CSU GE requirement Area E 3
  Total 15-17
   
Second Semester Units
PHIL 105, Ethics: Moral Issues in Contemporary Society (CSU GE Area C2) 3
PHIL 106, Introduction to Philosophy (CSU GE Area C2) 3
Required Elective B (CSU GE Area D) 3
CSU GE requirement Area B1/B3 3-4
CSU GE requirement Area B2/B3 3-4
  Total 15-17
   
Third Semester Units
PHIL 110, Introduction to Logic (CSU GE Area A3) 3
Required Elective A 3
CSU GE requirement Area D 3
*Electives 5
  Total 14
   
Fourth Semester Units
Required Elective B 3
Required Elective C 3
CSU GE requirement Area D 3
*Electives 5
  Total 14
   
  Degree Total 60

*Electives should be taken from other courses within the major or foreign language.

Last updated: September 30, 2017