Philosophy AA-T Degree

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Philosophy AA-T Transfer Degree, AA-T

The Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) in Philosophy provides students with invaluable skills transferable to most vocations through the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440). The law states that students will have guaranteed admission to a California State University (CSU) campus upon successful completion of the specified program requirements. Whatever the vocational goal, students benefit from completing this AA-T in Philosophy. Nearly everyone is concerned with the kinds of questions and experiences studied in philosophy. This field of study is concerned with the nature of reality, truth and value, the human response to death and suffering, and those perennial human questions: Who am I? Why am I here? And where am I going. Philosophy courses require critical analysis, clarity, and understanding. These skills are achieved through careful and close reading of texts, images, and symbols as well as through descriptive and analytic writing. The AA-T in Philosophy requires the study of diverse and often competing belief systems. This is a challenging and exciting endeavor that can help us make sense of the events taking place in the world around us. Students should consult with a counselor to determine whether this degree is the best option for their transfer goals.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is a designated "high unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

To earn this AA-T degree, students must complete the following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements:

•completion of the following major requirements with grades of C or better;
•completion of a minimum of 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
•certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSUGE) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU, which requires a minimum of 39 units.

It is highly recommend that students complete courses that satisfy the U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement as part of CSUGE or IGETC before transferring to a CSU.

Students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution and major in Philosophy should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.


REQUIRED CORE COURSES: Units
PHIL103 Introduction to Logic: Argument and Evidence 3
PHIL101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
or
PHIL101H Introduction to Philosophy - Honors 3
LIST A: One course (3 units) Units
PHIL102 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
PHIL105 Introduction to Ethics 3
LIST B: Two courses (6 units minimum) OR any course not used from List A Units
ENGL102 Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking 4
or
ENGL102H Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors 4
RELIG101 Introduction to World Religions 3
LIST C: One course (3 units) OR any course not selected from List A or List B Units
PHIL112 Philosophy in Literature 3
PHIL180 Death and Dying 3
RELIG100 Introduction to Religious Studies 3
or
RELIG100H Introduction to Religious Studies-Honors 3
RELIG110 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion 3
RELIG135 Religion in America 3
RELIG150 Introduction to Mythology 3
RELIG175 The Literature and Religion of the Bible 3
RELIG176 Jesus and His Interpreters 3
RELIG180 Death and Dying 3
MAJOR TOTAL: 19 Units
Total units that may be double-counted: 6-12 Units
CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC for CSU requirements: 39-42 Units
CSU electives (as needed to reach 60 transferrable units): 5-14 Units
Total Units 60