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 in addition to other graduation requirements.

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
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 by being able to employ terminology used in philosophical arguments in order to understand the enduring questions in philosophy.

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. In doing so, the context of works and movements to the various author\s' philosophies should be articulated.

Outcome 3: Evaluate patterns of deductive and inductive reasoning through summary and analysis of complex arguments while relating them to their own experience.

Outcome 4: Compare and contrast the epistemological and metaphysical systems of Plato, Aristotle, and at least one medieval philosopher in order to demonstrate competency in relating a philosopher's ideas to the history of philosophy.

Outcome 5: Compare and contrast the epistemological systems of Rationalism, Empiricism, Kantianism, and at least one nineteenth century and one contemporary philosopher while making connections between a philosopher's views and the influence of culture on these views. In addition students should be able to articulate open-mindedness with regard to divergent and conflicting theories.