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Philosophy - Associate in Arts

Program Code - CIP Code: PHIL.AA/24.0101
Credits Required: 64
Academic Division: Arts, Communications and Humanities

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.

Requirements for admission to the program:                                    

  • No requirements for admission to the program.
  • Contact program for program-specific advising.

College Requirement

Course Credit Hours
BLUE 0101 Freshman Seminar 1

General Education Requirements

Course Credit Hours
ENGL 0101 Composition I* 3
ENGL 0102 Composition II* 3
SPCH 0151 OR
SPCH 0201
Public Speaking OR
Interpersonal Communication
MATH 0105 OR
MATH 0108
College Algebra** OR
Pre-Calculus Mathematics**
  Humanities (2 Disciplines other than LANG) 6
  Social Science (2 Disciplines) 6
  Natural and Physical Science (lecture with lab) 4
  Foreign Language Elective 5
  Total Hours for General Education Requirements 33-35
* See course syllabus for prerequisite. ** Math sequence is contingent upon previous high school mathematics background and transfer institution. Students should confer with an advisor to determine correct placement.

Philosophy Requirements

Course Credit Hours
EDUC 0262 Education in a Multicultural Society 3
HIST 0204 Western Civilization I 3
HIST 112 Modern Latin America 3
HUMN 0205 Western Civilization II 3
HUMN 0207 Comparative World Religions 3
PHIL 0105 Logic 3
PHIL 0206 Ethics 3
PHIL 0207 Philosophical Foundations of Health Care Ethics 3
PHIL 0200 Philosophy of Religion* 3
Total Hours for Philosophy Requirements 27
*See course syllabi for Philosophy course prerequisites.

Total Hours

Total Hours for an Associate in Arts in Philosophy Degree 61-63
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