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the word "philosophy"Goals and Objectives

The associate of arts in Philosophy is designed as preparation for transfer to a four-year university with a Philosophy major or other liberal arts major. The goal of the program is to provide students with a foundation in critical thinking, develop argumentation skills and analysis that will serve them well in studies for a bachelors degree or graduate/professional degree. Upon completion of the program in Philosophy, the student will be able to:

  • Apply skills of problem analysis and resolution in any area of study and employment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historically significant questions, problems, and theories in the major areas of philosophy, including major philosophers and their contributions.
  • Demonstrate the basic rules and principles of logic, including identifying, analyzing, and evaluating arguments.
  • Assess ethical problems and evaluate arguments relating to significant ethical issues.

Program Requirements

To earn an Associate in Arts Degree with a major in Philosophy, students complete 21 specified units in Philosophy, plus General Education Degree Requirements. The program is designed for students intending to major in philosophy, religious studies, political science, or related fields at a four-year institution.

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