Associate in Arts
The Philosophy Department applies critical and analytic methods to theories of knowledge, reality, ethics, religion, and more, from a variety of cultural perspectives, and thereby promotes intellectual growth, an appreciation of social justice, and character. Using traditional philosophical literature, students are exposed to a specific set of philosophical problems and themes that span the history of the discipline. In all of our Philosophy courses, we maintain a dynamic environment for learning in which we discuss and evaluate philosophical theories and concepts and apply that learning to everyday life through the use of further analysis. The study of such fundamental issues through various perspectives increases cultural awareness and develops critical thinking skills in the students. The Philosophy Program offers courses that examine our common assumptions, values, and traditions, and thereby challenge students to grow intellectually and personally. The content of philosophy focuses on an array of questions regarding humanity, morality, knowledge, and reality. Studying this content expands one's intellectual horizons. Moreover, the practice of careful argumentation that is central to the philosophical method puts students in the position to be effective and motivated lifelong learners. The curriculum in the Philosophy Associate of Science degree program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an associate degree. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering majors related to the field of philosophy - majors which include philosophy itself as well as literature, history, economics, gender studies, religion, political science, and law - earning the associate degree would support attempts to gain entry- level employment or promotion.
Potential Careers in this Field
Associate in Arts for Transfer
The curriculum in the Philosophy program is designed to provide the transfer student an Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree by providing the necessary breadth in the field and the ability to complete both preparatory coursework for philosophy along with courses required for general education. Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer receive priority admission to the California State University system, though admission to a specific campus is not guaranteed. While an associate degree may support attempts to gain employment or promotion, a baccalaureate degree or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers, which can be achieved through transfer. Majoring in Philosophy is an excellent way of preparing for law school or preparing careers that involve facility in writing skills, reasoning, analysis, and information processing.