Associate in Arts Degree Philosophy


The Associate in Arts Degree in Philosophy is designed to develop the reasoning skills needed to understand and evaluate theories about society, persons, reality, knowledge, truth, values, etc. The purpose of which is to uncover the assumptions underlying our understanding of the world and to subject those assumptions to careful scrutiny using the tools of logic. Upon successful completion, students will understand the major concepts and issues that have shaped philosophical traditions and be able to make decisions based on rigorous, logical standards. Skills in thinking and problem solving, research, writing, criticism, and analysis are emphasized. This will include the ability to critically analyze the logical structure of arguments in contemporary social and moral issues and to assess the influential positions on theories of truth and the nature of reality. The precision of thought and expression that philosophy requires makes excellent preparation for a variety of careers. Those who do well in philosophy can expect to think more clearly and logically and to approach problems and issues more systematically. Graduate study is important in Philosophy. Those holding a Master’s or Doctoral Degree may find employment in education, law, journalism, health, business, theology, public service and other disciplines where analytical skills are required. A limited number of students who earn graduate degrees in philosophy go on to become college philosophy professors. Those without a graduate degree will find limited career opportunities in direct areas of Philosophy. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an associate degree at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a baccalaureate degree.

The Associate in Arts Degree in Philosophy will provide students with an introduction to the field including its analytic foundations and applied areas. The degree curriculum and major provide a sound foundation for transfer students intending further upper-division study as preparation for the baccalaureate degree.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete:

  1. all major course requirements with a grade of C or better
  2. Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or IGETC General Education requirements
  3. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units
  4. complete all graduation requirements, and
  5. have an overall GPA of 2.0.

At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College. Students pursuing more than one specified departmental major may double count a maximum of 7 units to fulfill major requirements.

Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a Baccalaureate Degree. For information on specific university requirements, please consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.

Required Courses Are Listed in Suggested Sequence
Select six units (and six units from Method Courses) or select nine units (and three units from the Method Courses) of the following: 6-9
Introduction to Philosophy3
Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics3
History of Ancient Philosophy3
History of Modern Philosophy3
Philosophy Required Method Courses
Select three to six units of the following:3-6
Logic and Critical Thinking3
Critical Thinking and Writing3
Symbolic Logic3
Philosophy Elective Courses
Select three units of the following:3
Introduction to Religious Studies3
Religions of the East3
Religions of the West3
Jesus and His Interpreters3
Philosophy of Religion3
Elective Courses
Select three to four units of the following:3-4
Cultural Anthropology3
Fundamentals of Art3
Humanities: Ancient and Medieval3
Humanities: Renaissance-Present (same as INDS 101 C)3
Plane Geometry4
Music Appreciation3
Elementary Physics4
Political Theory3
Comparative Politics 13
Introduction to Psychology 23
Honors Introduction to Psychology
Human Sexuality3
Probability and Statistics: Social Sciences (same as SOC 161 C)4
The Brain and Behavior3
Introduction to Sociology3
Honors Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to the Theater3
Total Units15-22