The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree is designed to prepare the student for transfer to institutions of higher education and specifically intended to satisfy the lower division requirements for the Baccalaureate in Arts in Philosophy at the California State University. This degree is designed to prepare students to critically analyze the work of major figures in philosophy, evaluate topics in the key areas of philosophy, clearly express philosophical ideas both in writing and orally, and demonstrate an understanding of these ideas through their application to specific philosophical problems.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate the work of major figures in philosophy
  • Compare and contrast different philosophical views across historical periods and contexts of human experience
  • Evaluate the most important topics in key areas of philosophy: theory of knowledge, metaphysics, ethics
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply philosophical ideas to philosophical problems
  • Express philosophical ideas and defend them in argument, both in writing and orally
Required Courses (18 units) Units
PHI-32* Introduction to Symbolic Logic 3
PHI-10*/10H* Introduction to Philosophy/Honors 3
PHI-12* Introduction to Ethics 3
Electives A Choose from list A below 3
Electives B Choose from list B below 6
Electives C Choose from list C below 3
Electives - List A (3 units) Select any course from list A or any course not used above Units
PHI-33* Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 3
PHI/HUM-35* Philosophy of Religion 3
Electives - List B (6 units) Select any course from list B or any course not used above Units
PHI-11* Critical Thinking  3
PHI-19* Native American Thought 3
Electives - List C (3 units) Select any course from list C or any course not used above Units
HIS-1* World History to 1500 3
HIS-2*/2H*  World History since 1500/Honors 3
HUM-4*/4H* Arts and Ideas: Ancient World through the Late Medieval Period/Honors
HUM-5*/5H* Arts and Ideas: The Renaissance through the Modern Era/Honors 3
HUM-10*/10H* World Religions/Honors 3

*Courses may also be used to fulfill general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern, please confer with a counselor.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements and with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (or a “P” if taken as Pass/No Pass).