Associate in Arts, Philosophy

The Associate in Arts (AA), Philosophy provides focused training in critical thinking, critical reading, writing, reasoning, communication, and civic dialogue, all while developing an understanding of diverse world views. Students gain proficiency in foundational skills for future studies and work in Law, Social Sciences, the Humanities, and Public Policy. This degree prepares students for their bachelor degree transfer pathway and equips them with analytical skills highly valued by employers.

Details

Major Code: 
8135
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Philosophy
Total credits required: 
60-64
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major questions, central methods, issues, figures, and arguments in the core areas of philosophy and its history. (PHI101, HIS100, HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, HIS110, HIS111, PHI103, PHI105, PHI113, PHI201, PSY101, REL100, [HU], [SB])
  • Critically examine the major questions, central methods, issues, figures, and
  • arguments in the core areas of philosophy and its history. (PHI101, HIS100, HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, HIS110, HIS111, PHI103, PHI105, PHI113, PHI201, PSY101, REL100, [HU], [SB])
  • Employ the tools of formal (deductive) and informal (inductive) logic to identify, construct, analyze, evaluate, and respond to arguments. (PHI101, ECN211, ECN212, MAT206, PHI103, PHI105, PHI113, PHI201, PSY101, [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Critically evaluate questions of value (e.g., ethics, morality, aesthetics, religion, rationality) with clarity, balance, open-mindedness, and rational rigor. (PHI101, COM263, ECN211, ECN212, HIS100, HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, HIS110, HIS111, PHI103, PHI105, PHI201, POS285, PSY101, REL100, [HU], [SB])
  • Compare and contrast texts and philosophical traditions. (PHI101, HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, HIS110, HIS111, PHI105, PHI113, PHI201, REL100, REL211, REL271, (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Apply philosophical concepts and theories to everyday life problems and other disciplines. (PHI101, HIS100, HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, HIS110, HIS111, PHI103, PHI105, PHI113, PHI201, PSY101, REL100, (COM), (CRE), [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Interpret texts incisively using philosophical methods. (PHI101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, HIS110, HIS111, PHI105, PHI113, PHI201, REL100, REL211, REL271, (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Clearly articulate ideas and arguments in writing and speech. (PHI101, COM263, HIS103, HIS104, HIS110, HIS111, PHI105, PHI113, PHI201, REL100, REL211, REL271, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Engage in self-reflection to examine deeply-held assumptions and to achieve greater self-understanding. (PHI101, COM263, ECN211, ECN212, HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, HIS110, HIS111, PHI103, PHI105, PHI113, PHI201, REL100, REL211, REL271, [HU], [SB])
  • Exhibit openness to alternative conceptual frameworks. (PHI101, ECN211, ECN212, HIS110, HIS111, MAT206, PHI103, PHI105, PHI113, PHI201, PSY101, REL100, REL211, REL271)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:3
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-41
Complete all courses in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Subplan 1: Arizona State University (Tempe and Online campuses), Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy (no emphasis)
PHI103Introduction to Logic3
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course
FRE+++ Any FRE French course
GER+++ Any GER German course
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language0-20
Subplan 2: Arizona State University (Tempe and Online campuses), Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy (Morality, Politics and Law)
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course
FRE+++ Any FRE French course
GER+++ Any GER German course
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language0-20
Subplan 3: Arizona State University (West Campus), Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Religion and Society
PHI103Introduction to Logic (3) OR
PHI105Introduction to Ethics (3)3
REL100World Religions3
Complete two (2) courses for a total of six (6) credits that transfer to ASU as direct equivalents or departmental elective credit (DEC) in the following ASU prefixes: ENG, ETH, HST, IAP, IAS, PHY, REL, SPA, or WST.
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. This requirement may also be satisfied after transfer to ASU though various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).
ARB+++ any ARB Arabic course
CHI+++ any CHI Chinese course
FRE+++ any FRE French course
GER+++ any GER German course
ITA+++ any ITA Italian course
JPN+++ any JPN Japanese course
SPA+++ any SPA Spanish course
SLG+++ any SLG Sign Language0-20
Subplan 4: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy (no emphasis)
PHI201History of Ancient Philosophy3
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course
FRE+++ Any FRE French course
GER+++ Any GER German course
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language0-20
Subplan 5: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Politics and Law
HIS100History of Western Civilization to Middle Ages (3) OR
HIS101History of Western Civilization Middle Ages to 1789 (3) OR
HIS103United States History to 1865 (3) OR
HIS110World History to 1500 (3)3
HIS102History of Western Civilization 1789 to Present (3) OR
HIS104United States History 1865 to Present (3) OR
HIS111World History 1500 to the Present (3)3
PHI105Introduction to Ethics3
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles3
ECN212Microeconomic Principles3
MAT206Elements of Statistics3
POS285Political Issues and Public Policy3
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course
FRE+++ Any FRE French course
GER+++ Any GER German course
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language0-20
Subplan 6: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy (General Emphasis and Ethics Emphasis)
PHI103Introduction to Logic3
PHI113Introduction to Mathematical Logic3
PHI201History of Ancient Philosophy3
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course
FRE+++ Any FRE French course
GER+++ Any GER German course
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language0-20
Subplan 7: Grand Canyon University, Bachelor of Arts, Christian Studies (Philosophy emphasis)
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication3
PHI105Introduction to Ethics3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) OR
REL100World Religions (3)3
REL211Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)3
REL271Introduction to the New Testament3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 17-41
A single course with an [HU], [SB], [L], or [SG/SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC Matrix for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry area [L]
May be met by PHI103 in Restricted Electives0-3
PHI103recommended
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area
May be met by MAT206 in Restricted Electives0-3
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 0-3
Met by PHI101 in Required Courses AND
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area
May be met by HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS110, HIS111, PHI103, PHI105, PHI201, REL100, or REL271 in Restricted Electives0-3
PHI105recommended. PHI103 recommended if not used to meet Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0-6
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area
May be met by COM263, ECN211, ECN212, HIS100, HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, and/or PSY101 in Restricted Electives0-6
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Science Quantitative [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Science Quantitative [SQ} area or the Science General [SG] area (4).8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-25
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with the Program Director or an Academic Advisor.

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