Philosophy Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer


The Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree in Philosophy, also called the Philosophy AA-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor's degrees in philosophy. Ed Code Section 66746-66749 states, students earning the Philosophy AA-T degree will be granted priority for admission as a Philosophy major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. This degree requires students complete 60 CSU transferable units, including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 18 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students earn a grade of C or better in all major coursework. There are no additional graduation requirements.

The study of philosophy includes:

  1. the development of critical thinking and writing skills;
  2. the investigation of conceptual problems encountered in the course of reflecting about experience;
  3. the assessment of assumptions underlying other sciences and arts; and,
  4. the exploration of intellectual and cultural history from a broad perspective.

This degree requires a total of 18 units.

Required Courses (6 units):
PHIL 100 F Introduction to Philosophy3
or PHIL 100HF Honors Introduction to Philosophy
or PHIL 160 F Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 170 FLogic and Critical Thinking3
List A - Select one course from the list below or any required course not already selected from the list above (3 units):3
World Religions3
Honors World Religions
Critical Thinking/Writing3
History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval3
History of Philosophy: Modern and Contemporary3
Introduction to Asian Religions3
List B - Select two courses from the list below or any List A courses not already selected (6 units):6
Western Civilizations to 1550 (formerly Western Civilization I)3
Honors Western Civilizations to 1550 (formerly Western Civilization II)
Western Civilizations Since 1550 (formerly Western Civilization II)3
Honors Western Civilizations Since 1550 (formerly Honors Western Civilization II)
Introduction to Religious Studies3
Social and Political Philosophy3
List C - Select any course listed below or select any course from List A or List B not already selected (3 units):3
Women's Issues in Philosophy3
Introduction to Christianity3
Introduction to Judaism3
The Holocaust (formerly PHIL 198AF)3
The American Religious Experience3
The Religion of Islam3
Total Units18

Outcome 1: Identify and explain major philosophical terms and concepts.

Outcome 2: Compare and contrast the principles of at least two of the following ethical approaches: Utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, Natural law, Virtue ethics, Feminist Ethics.

Outcome 3: Evaluate patterns of deductive and inductive reasoning.

Outcome 4: Compare and contrast the philosophical systems of at least two philosophers from each of the ancient, modern, and contemporary eras.