Philosophy - Associate in Arts

Program/CIP Code: AENG.AAS/10.0203 
Credits Required: 62
Division: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Philosophy, as the love of wisdom, analyzed 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.

College Requirement

Course Credit Hours
BLUE 0101 Freshman Seminar 1

All first time degree-seeking students are required to take BLUE-0101, Freshman Seminar.  See exemptions

General Education Requirement

Course Credit Hours
ENG 0101 Composition I* 3
ENG 0102 Composition II* 3
SPCH 0151
SPCH 0201
Public Speaking* or
Interpersonal Communication
MATH 0105
MATH 0108
College Algebra** or
Pre-Calculus Mathematics**
Humanities (3 Disciplines) 9
Social Science Electives (2 Disciplines) 6
Natural and Physical Science Elective (lecture with lab) 5
Foreign Language Elective 5
Total General Education Requirements 37-39

Degree Specific Requirements

Course Credit Hours
EDUC 0262 Education in a Multicultural Society 3
HIST 0112 Modern Latin America 3
HUMN 0152 Women in Religion 3
HUMN 0207 Comparative World Religions 3
PHIL 0107 Business Ethics 3
PHIL 0206 Ethics 3
PHIL 0207 Philosophical Foundations of Health Care Ethics 3
PHIL 0200 Philosophy of Religion* 3
Total Philosophy Program Requirements 24

Total Hours

Total hours to complete Degree 62-64

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