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Philosophy

Curriculum pathway leading to an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences for students transferring into the following 4-year programs:

Interim Dean: Dr. Michael Vitale

Philosophy, as the love of wisdom, analyses the most fundamental issues of the human condition, issues concerning the nature of the human person, justice, the possibility of the existence of God and human freedom, the significance of political and moral values, and, above all, the question of knowledge and truth. Philosophers from Confucius and Aristotle to John Dewey and Paulo Freire have investigated, as the axial human problem, how philosophical education is to help us in developing our own humanity. Thus philosophy enables students to examine the most crucial topics of their social and political existence, advancing their skills in logical thinking, verbal and written argumentation, and the capacity for organizing principles and ideas. If our democratic system is to endure, we must debate true and false claims, right and wrong values, and just and unjust decisions. This is the reason that philosophy, as the pursuit of knowledge, virtue, and freedom, has traditionally formed the core of a liberal arts education. For that reason, philosophy offers exceptional preparation for work in areas such as politics, law, governmental administration, writing, journalism, and education.

Since the transferability of courses will vary depending on the specific four-year institution, it is strongly recommended that if students are intending to transfer to a four-year institution, they must consult with the transfer institution and with their respective KCKCC advisor before enrolling in order to determine the transferability of their courses. It is the student's responsibility to follow the transfer requirements established by his/her transfer institution.

General Education Requirements

College Requirement - All first time degree-seeking students who score 73 or above on the COMPASS reading exam are required to take HUDV0100, First Year Experience. All degree-seeking students who score below 73 on the COMPASS reading exam will take HUDV0101, Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning. (See exemptions)

Course Number
Course Title
Hours
HUDV Requirement:
HUDV0100 First Year Experience or
1
HUDV0101 Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning
2
Total
1-2
 
Basic Skill Requirements:
ENGL0101 Composition I*
3
ENGL0102 Composition II*
3
SPCH0151 Public Speaking or
SPCH0153 Interpersonal Communication
3
Total
9
 
Mathematics Requirement:
MATH0105 College Algebra* or  
MATH0108 Pre-Calculus Mathematics*
3-5
Total
3-5
 
Humanities Requirements: (9 credit hours from at least 3 disciplines including: Art, History, Literature, Modern Language, Music, Philosophy or Theatre)
HIST0104 United States to 1877 or
HIST0105 United States Since 1877
3
PHIL0103 Introduction to Philosophy or  
PHIL0105 Logic or  
PHIL0206 Ethics*
3
  Humanities Core Elective
(from Art Literature, Music or Theatre) Performance courses are excluded
3
Total
9
 
Social and Behavioral Science Requirements: (6 credit hours from at least 2 disciplines including: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology)
PSYC0101 Psychology*
3
SOSC0107 Sociology
3
POSC0111 American Government
3
SOSC0207 Urban Sociology or
SOSC0209 Social Problems
3
Total
6
 
Natural and Physical Science Requirements (lecture with lab)
  Natural or Physical Science Core Elective
5
Total
5
   
Foreign Language Requirement:
  Foreign Language Core Elective
5
Total
5
   
Total General Education Requirements
38-41
 
Choose 22-24 additional credits from the following:
HIST0112 Modern Latin America
3
PHIL0107 Business Ethics
3
PHIL0206 Ethics*
3
EDUC0262 Education in Multicultural Society
3
HUMN0152 Women in Religion
3
HUMN0207 Comparative World Religions
3
PHIL0200 Philosophy of Religion
3
  Electives
1-3
Total
22-24
   
Total hours required for an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences in Philosophy Degree
60-65

*See course description for prerequisite.