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Philosophy

Associate in Arts

In studying philosophy, we seek answers to fundamental questions such as: What is ultimately real? What is the nature and extent of our knowledge? What is truth? What is the source and nature of our moral obligations? Are we naturally good or evil? What type of government is the best? What is justice? Is beauty only in the eye of the beholder?

Philosophy tackles difficult questions and investigates fundamental concepts in every area of thought, and in everyday life. Some of these are abstract, dealing with the nature of truth, justice, value, and knowledge; others are more concrete. Philosophy encourages clarity of thought and careful analysis of arguments. In doing so, it fosters the growth of intellectual virtues that are essential to the good life. A few philosophy graduates will advance to graduate study in philosophy, but the majority will go on to study law, medicine, business, education, journalism, and the sciences.

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Degree Information

  • Credit Hours: 60 / 62
  • Contact Hours: 62 /64

Recommended Math Pathway: STEM (MATH-130, MATH-145, MATH-170)

Writing Requirements: ENGL-101 and ENGL-102

Degree Pathway

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Contact Hours
Year One
Fall
PHIL-101Introduction to Philosophy 33
ENGL-101English Composition I 33
PSYC-281General Psychology 33
Choose one of the following:
MATH-130College Algebra 44
MATH-145Pre-Calculus 55
MATH-170Analytic Geometry & Calculus I 55
Total 13 / 1413 / 14
Winter
PHIL-295Ethics 33
ENGL-102English Composition II 33
HIST-151World History: Prehistory to 1500 C.E. 44
Choose one of the following:
BIOL-107/LGeneral Biology/Lab 46
CHEM-131/L/RGeneral Chemistry I/Lab/Recitation/ 57
PHYS-281/LGeneral College Physics I/Lab 46
SCI.-101/LScientific Inquiry 46
Total 14 / 1516 / 17
Spring / Summer
SOCY-191Introduction to Sociology 33
Total 33
Year Two
Fall
PHIL-190Logic 33
COMM-200Survey of Human Communication Studies 33
PSCN-150
  or
PSCN-170
Introduction to Political Science
  or
Introduction to American Government
3

3
3

3
Choose one of the following:
ENGL-220World Literature 33
ENGL-221Introduction to Literature 33
ENGL-223American Black Literature 33
ENGL-231American Literature 33
ENGL-232Modern American Literature 33
ENGL-235American Indian Literature 33
Total 1212
Winter
FREN-151
  or
GERM-111
Elementary French
  or
Elementary German
4

4
4

4
ART.-111
  or
ART.-112
Art History Survey: Prehistoric to 14th Century
  or
Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern
4

4
4

4
ANTH-211Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 33
ECON-221
  or
ECON-222
Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)
  or
Principles of Economics (Microeconomics)
4

4
4

4
Choose one of the following:
PHIL-103Critical Thinking 33
PHIL-165Philosophy of Religion 33
PHIL-251Religious Worldviews 33
PHIL-297Political Philosophy 33
Total 1818
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