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Philosophy, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T)

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Banner Code: 1_AAT_PHIL
Control Number: 32804

Students graduating with an Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer Degree are well positioned to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in a similar major within the California State University system with 60 units of upper-division coursework. Students who complete the Philosophy AA-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum 2.0 is required for CSU admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult a counselor for more information.

The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree focuses on a critical analysis of philosophical history, ideas, and concepts as well the development of analytical, critical thinking, writing, and reading skills. Students choosing this major will study a range of Philosophical subjects including metaphysics, epistemology, logic, and ethics. In addition, students will learn how to identify philosophical principles and concepts, critically analyze texts, and generate proper arguments. Completion of this major will provide students with a well-rounded understanding of Philosophy and equip them with the skills of a philosopher.

Program Outcomes

  1. Articulate and critically evaluate philosophical arguments and theories.
  2. Students will be eligible and prepared for admission (SB 1440 and Education Code 66746) to California State University system schools.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Minimum GPA of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors require a higher GPA. Consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18-semester units in the major as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU General Education Breadth — Option 2) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC — Option 3).
Course Title Units
Required Courses
Core Courses
PHIL A100Introduction to Philosophy3
or PHIL A120 Ethics
PHIL A155Introduction to Logic3
or PHIL A220 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
List A
Select one course from the Core not yet taken or of the following:3
History of Ancient Philosophy
Critical Reasoning & Writing
List B
Select two courses from List A not yet taken or of the following:6
Western Civilization 1
Western Civilization 2
Philosophy of Religion
List C
Select two courses from List A or B not yet taken or of the following:3-7
Critical Reasoning: Fiction
Introduction to the Humanities
Aesthetics/Philosophy of Art
The Theory of Knowledge
Contemporary Philosophy
Program Major units18-22
CSU or IGETC for CSU 37-39
Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Units60