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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 Name Course Notes Credit
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Year One
Fall
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