Philosophy Associate in Arts Degree


The Philosophy Associate in Arts Degree includes the development of critical thinking and writing skills; the investigation of conceptual problems encountered in the course of reflecting about experience; the assessment of assumptions underlying other sciences and arts; and the exploration of intellectual and cultural history from a broad perspective. Majoring or minoring in philosophy is an excellent way of preparing for law school and other careers that involve facility in reasoning, analysis and information processing. This degree requires a total of 18 units.

Required Courses (12 units):
PHIL 100 F Introduction to Philosophy3
or PHIL 100HF Honors Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 160 FIntroduction to Ethics3
PHIL 170 FLogic and Critical Thinking3
or PHIL 172 F Critical Thinking and Writing
PHIL 201 F History of Philosophy - Ancient and Medieval3
or PHIL 202 F History of Philosophy - Modern and Contemporary
Restricted Electives (6 units):6
Select any course from the list below, or PHIL 201 F or PHIL 202 F if not already completed from the list above)
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
World Religions3
Honors World Religions
Social and Political Philosophy3
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
Introduction to Asian Religions3
Philosophy Independent Study1
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 epistemological and metaphysical systems of Plato, Aristotle, and at least one medieval philosopher.

Outcome 5: Compare and contrast the epistemological systems of Rationalism, Empiricism, Kantianism, and at least one 19th century and one contemporary philosopher.