Philosophy Associate in Arts Degree
PROGRAM CODE: 2A03868
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 Philosophy||3|
|or PHIL 100HF||Honors Introduction to Philosophy|
|PHIL 160 F||Introduction to Ethics||3|
|PHIL 170 F||Logic and Critical Thinking||3|
|or PHIL 172 F||Critical Thinking and Writing|
|PHIL 201 F||History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval||3|
|or PHIL 202 F||History of Philosophy: Modern and Contemporary|
|Restricted Electives (6 units):||6|
|Western Civilizations to 1550 (formerly Western Civilization I)||3|
or HIST 110HF
|Honors Western Civilizations to 1550 (formerly Western Civilization II)|
|Western Civilizations Since 1550 (formerly Western Civilization II)||3|
or HIST 111HF
|Honors Western Civilizations Since 1550 (formerly Honors Western Civilization II)|
|Introduction to Religious Studies||3|
or PHIL 105HF
|Honors World Religions|
|Social and Political Philosophy||3|
|Women's Issues in Philosophy||3|
|Introduction to Christianity||3|
|Introduction to Judaism||3|
|The Holocaust (formerly PHIL 198AF)||3|
|The American Religious Experience||3|
|The Religion of Islam||3|
|Introduction to Asian Religions||3|
|Philosophy Independent Study||1|
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.