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Philosophy Program

2016-2017

Description

Philosophy is the practice of developing the skills and strategies for answering fundamental questions about human existence. Philosophers analyze the concepts through which we acquire knowledge of reality and in terms of which human actions and practices acquire value and meaning. Students are exposed to both the history of discussions of these topics as well as contemporary treatments in order to foster an understanding of how these discussions are related to contemporary life. Philosophers use reasoned argument to evaluate beliefs, focusing especially on what evidence there is for a belief, whether it fits well with other beliefs or contradicts them, and whether we can prove it or disprove it.

Award Type Units
Associate of Arts Degree:
Philosophy 21*
*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.
Associate in Arts for Transfer:
Philosophy 18-20

Program Emphasis

The Philosophy curriculum prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and also meets the general education Humanities area requirement for the associate degree.

Career Options

Most careers in this list require education beyond the associate degree. A sample list of careers in which background knowledge of philosophy is appropriate include: education, human service vocations, law, management, medicine, publishing, scientific research, and theology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Philosophy Program will gain facility with:

  • Critical Thinking: Students will be able to articulate and explain critical thinking outcomes in writing and speaking, as well as by other contemporary recognized modes of business communication.
  • Communication: Students will recognize and respect the business opinions and perspectives of others, and they will be able to work effectively with superiors, peers, and subordinates in organized group settings.
  • Personal Actions and Civic Responsibility: Demonstrate an ability to understand one’s role in society, take responsibility for one’s own actions, and make ethical decisions in complex situations.
  • Global Awareness: Articulate similarities and contrasts among cultures, times, and environments, demonstrating an understanding of cultural pluralism.
  • Self-Awareness and Interpersonal Skills: Critically evaluate one’s own beliefs/positions in light of the context of meaningful philosophical inquiry.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Associate of Arts Degree:

Philosophy

Note: Only one Philosophy (PHIL) course from the above list may be used to satisfy SDCCD general education requirements.

*Some campuses might not offer all courses.

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree .

Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Recommended Electives: Art–Fine Art 110 , 111 ; Anthropology 103 ; Black Studies 145A , 145B (City); Economics 120 , 121 ; English 205 or higher; History 109 , 110 ; Humanities 101 , 102 ; Languages (an -unit sequence); Music 100 , 105 , 125 ; Political Science 101 , 102 , 103 , 140 ; Philosophy 105 City) and above; Psychology 101 , 121 , 123 (Miramar); Sociology 101 , 110 .
Courses Required for Major: Units
PHIL 101 Symbolic Logic 3
PHIL 102A Introduction to Philosophy: Reality & Knowledge 3
and
PHIL 102B Introduction to Philosophy: Values 3
or
PHIL 104A History of Western Philosophy 3
and
PHIL 104B History of Western Philosophy 3
HIST 100 World History I 3
and
HIST 101 World History II 3
or
HIST 105 Introduction to Western Civilization I 3
and
HIST 106 Introduction to Western Civilization II 3
Select six units from the following:
PHIL 100 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
PHIL 103 Historical Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 106 Asian Philosophy 3
PHIL 107 Reflections on Human Nature 3
PHIL 108 Perspectives on Human Nature and Society 3
PHIL 109 Issues in Social Philosophy 3
PHIL 110 Philosophy of Religion 3
PHIL 111 Philosophy in Literature 3
PHIL 112 Philosophy of Science 3
PHIL 125 Philosophy of Women 3
PHIL 296 Individualized Instruction in Philosophy 3
Total Units = 23-24

Associate in Arts in Philosophy
Transfer Degree

Courses Required for Major: Units
PHIL 100 Logic and Critical Thinking or 3
PHIL 101 Symbolic Logic 3
PHIL 102A Introduction to Philosophy: Reality & Knowledge or 3
PHIL 102B Introduction to Philosophy: Values 3
Category A: Select from the following courses or any course not selected in the core (3 units)
PHIL 103 Historical Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 104A History of Western Philosophy 3
PHIL 104B History of Western Philosophy 3
PHIL 106 Asian Philosophy 3
PHIL 107 Reflections on Human Nature 3
PHIL 108 Perspectives on Human Nature and Society 3
PHIL 109 Issues in Social Philosophy 3
PHIL 110 Philosophy of Religion 3
PHIL 111 Philosophy in Literature 3
PHIL 112 Philosophy of Science 3
ENGL 105 Composition and Literature 3
ENGL 205 Critical Thinking and Intermediate Composition 3
Category B: Select from the following courses or any course(s) not selected in the core or category A (9-11 units)
PHIL 125 Philosophy of Women 3
PHIL 126 Introduction to Philosophy of Contemporary Gender Issues 3
PHIL 130 Philosophy of Art and Music 3
AMSL 115 American Sign Language Level I 4
AMSL 116 American Sign Language Level II 4
AMSL 215 American Sign Language Level III 4
AMSL 216 American Sign Language Level IV 4
CHIN 101 First Course in Mandarin Chinese 5
CHIN 102 Second Course in Mandarin Chinese 5
CHIN 201 Third Course in Mandarin Chinese 5
CHIN 202 Fourth Course in Mandarin Chinese 5
FREN 101 First Course in French 5
FREN 102 Second Course in French 5
FREN 201 Third Course in French 5
FREN 202 Fourth Course in French 5
GERM 101 First Course in German 5
GERM 102 Second Course in German 5
GERM 201 Third Course in German 5
ITAL 101 First Course in Italian 5
ITAL 102 Second Course in Italian 5
ITAL 201 Third Course in Italian 5
JAPA 101 First Course in Japanese 5
JAPA 102 Second Course in Japanese 5
JAPN 201 Third Course in Japanese 5
JAPN 202 Fourth Course in Japanese 5
LATI 101 First Course in Latin 5
LATI 102 Second Course in Latin 5
LATI 201 Third Course in Latin 5
RUSS 101 First Course in Russian 5
RUSS 102 Second Course in Russian 5
RUSS 201 Third Course in Russian 5
SPAN 101 First Course in Spanish 5
SPAN 102 Second Course in Spanish 5
SPAN 201 Third Course in Spanish 5
SPAN 202 Fourth Course in Spanish 5
TAGA 101 First Course in Tagalog 5
TAGA 102 Second Course in Tagalog 5
TAGA 201 Third Course in Tagalog 5
VIET 101 First Course in Vietnamese 5
VIET 102 Second Course in Vietnamese 5
VIET 201 Third Course in Vietnamese 5
Note: Only one Philosophy (PHIL) course from the above list may be used to satisfy SDCCD general education requirements.
* Some campuses might not offer all courses. For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree on page 96. Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.