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Philosophy for Transfer (AA-T)

The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer (AA-T) degree is designed to facilitate transfer to a California State University in keeping with SB1440. A total of 18 units are required to fulfill the major portion of this degree. This degree reflects the Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) supported by the statewide Academic Senate. Students must also complete the California State University (CSU) General Education Breadth requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) (see the “General Education Requirements and Transfer Information” section of the catalog). A student may apply for this degree in conjunction with an Associate in Arts in Philosophy degree provided the courses taken meet the requirements of both degrees. Students should speak with a Counselor to verify that the requirements for either or both degrees have been met. In addition, students planning to transfer to SDSU or UCSD should consult with a counselor or Philosophy faculty member.

The following requirements must be met to be awarded an Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer (AA-T) degree:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirement.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students are also required to earn a “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in all courses required for the major.

The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer (AA-T) degree provides a solid background for students wishing to continue their study of Philosophy at university. The courses included in the AA-T range from the history of Philosophy to critical reasoning and writing, logical theory, contemporary ethics, and a strong offering of courses and curriculum from diverse traditions.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree requirements in this program.

Students will:

  1. Recall, explain, and locate theories and concepts into philosophical traditions, eras, and modes of inquiry; and
  2. Analyze individual and institutional belief systems, including one’s or their own, to evaluate philosophical assumptions about truth, ontology, values, reasoning, and methodology; and
  3. Utilize those evaluations in the creation of revised justified beliefs; and
  4. Apply philosophical methodologies to everyday encounters and inquiries. 

Associate Degree Major Requirements

Note: All courses must be completed with a letter grade of “C” or higher or “Pass.”

Required Core
Select two of the following:6
A General Introduction to Philosophy
Problems in Ethics
List A
Select one of the following:3
Any course from the Required Core not already used
History of Philosophy I: Ancient and Medieval
History of Philosophy II: Modern and Contemporary
List B
Select two of the following:6
Any course from List A not already used
Critical Thinking and Philosophical Composition
Social and Political Philosophy
List C
Select one of the following:3
Any course from List A or B not already used
Philosophy and Popular Culture
Asian and Pacific Philosophies
The Philosophy of Art
The Philosophy of Science
Latin American Philosophy
Units in the major18
Plus General Education Requirements (CSU GE or IGETC)37-39
Total Units60

Complete transferable units as needed to reach 60.

Students completing IGETC may be awarded the degree, but they must complete a course from Area 1C: Oral Communication to meet CSU admission requirements.