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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Philosophy

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in 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

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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Philosophy (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Notes

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

What You'll Learn
  • 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, PHI201, PHI/REL244, 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, PHI201, PHI/REL244, 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, PHI201, [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Critically evaluate questions of value (e.g., ethics, morality, aesthetics, religion, rationality) with clarity, balance, open-mindedness, and rational rigor. (PHI101, ECN211, ECN212, HIS100, HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, HIS110, HIS111, PHI103, PHI105, PHI201, PHI/REL244, POS285, REL100, [HU], [SB])
  • Compare and contrast texts and philosophical traditions. (PHI101, HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, HIS110, HIS111, PHI105, PHI201, PHI/REL244, REL100, REL211, REL271, (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Apply philosophical concepts and theories to everyday life problems and other disciplines. (PHI101, COM110, HIS100, HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, HIS110, HIS111, PHI103, PHI105, PHI201, PHI/REL244, REL100, LANG, (COM), (CRE), [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Interpret texts incisively using philosophical methods. (PHI101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, HIS110, HIS111, PHI105, PHI201, PHI/REL244, REL100, REL211, REL271, (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Clearly articulate ideas and arguments in writing and speech. (PHI101, COM110, HIS103, HIS104, HIS110, HIS111, PHI105, PHI201, PHI/REL244, REL100, REL211, REL271, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Engage in self-reflection to examine deeply-held assumptions and to achieve greater self-understanding. (PHI101, ECN211, ECN212, HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS104, HIS110, HIS111, PHI103, PHI105, PHI201, PHI/REL244, REL100, REL211, REL271, [HU], [SB])
  • Exhibit openness to alternative conceptual frameworks. (PHI101, ECN211, ECN212, HIS110, HIS111, MAT206, PHI103, PHI105, PHI201, REL100, REL211, REL271)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:3
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-41
Complete requirements 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).
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), 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(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 2: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), 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(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 3: Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), 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 equivalent or departmental elective credit (DEC) in the following ASU prefixes: ENG, ETH, HST, IAP, IAS, PHI, 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(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 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(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 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(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 6: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy (General Emphasis and Ethics Emphasis)
PHI103Introduction to Logic3
PHI105Introduction to Ethics3
PHI201History of Ancient Philosophy3
PHI/REL244Philosophy of Religion3
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(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 7: Grand Canyon University, Bachelor of Arts, Christian Studies (Philosophy emphasis)
COM110Interpersonal Communication3
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 [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com 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 [L] area3
May be met by PHI103 in the Restricted Electives area
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
Higher 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] area3
May be met by MAT206 in the Restricted Electives area
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 0-3
Met by PHI101 in the Required Courses area
AND
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area3
May be met by HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, HIS110, HIS111, PHI103, PHI105, PHI201, REL100, or REL271 in the Restricted Electives area
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] area6
May be met by ECN211, ECN212, HIS100, HIS101, HIS102, HIS103, or HIS104 in the Restricted Electives area
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
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
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
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 a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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