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Associate Degree for Transfer in Philosophy

Philosophy concerns the study of fundamental questions that arise in different areas of human experience, thought, or practice. These include but are not limited to, questions such as: What is reality? Does God exist? What is good and just? What ought I to do? What is the nature of the self? Does human existence have meaning? Students who engage with these questions and are able to think and articulate viewpoints clearly and in an informed fashion not only enhance their own lives, but contribute significantly to improving their interpersonal relationships, community and society; laying the foundations for a critical and meaningful discussion about social issues, justice, politics and economics. The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer at Los Medanos College is designed to prepare students to transfer and study at a California State University.

Students who complete this program will have knowledge of philosophical methodologies and core philosophy theories, while learning critical thinking skills. The Associates in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer Degree is intended for students who plan to receive a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, a foundation in philosophy to supplement graduate studies or students seeking to transfer to and complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major. The AA-T in philosophy can be a strong supplement to an education in law, medicine, public policy, or any field in which, critical thinking, ethics or creative problem solving is valued.

Program Student Learning Outcomes :

1. Citizenship – Develop and apply ethical responsibility and care in academics, the workplace, and global and local communities, while respecting and engaging with a diversity of beliefs, cultures, values, abilities, genders, races, ages, and sexual orientations.

2. Critical Engagement – Become a critical co-investigators of a pluralistic world towards the agency to apply critical thinking to themselves, their communities and their societies, imparting an ethical imperative.

3. Philosophical Enquiry – Apply the methodologies of philosophy and critical thinking to describe and analyze philosophical and interdisciplinary problems and issues, including in historical context.

4. Philosophical Expression – Express complex philosophical ideas and arguments in clear, coherent and cogent written and oral communication.

To earn the Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree, a student must complete 60 transferable semester units that include:

  1. Complete CSU General Education- Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements.
  2. Complete the required major requirements listed below.
  3. Courses for the major and the GE requirements (CSU GE-Breadth, IGETC) must be completed with a grade of “C” or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a “pass-no pass” basis.
  4. Minimum GPA of 2.0.


Please note the following completion requirements:

Required core courses (6 units total):

PHIL-210 Symbolic Logic  3
PHIL-100  Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL-120  Introductions to Ethics 3

LIST A: Select one (3 units)  or any Required Core not already used

PHIL-130  History of Ancient Philosophy


PHIL-132  History of Modern Philosophy 3


LIST B: Select two (6 units) or any list A course not already used

PHIL-122  Contemporary Moral Issues   3
PHIL-133  A History of Political Thought: The Problem of Democracy 3
PHIL-140  Philosophy of Religion 3

LIST C: Select one (3 units) or any list A or B course not already used

PHIL-150  Philosophy through Film and Literature 3
PHIL-151  Philosophy of the Arts 3

Total Units for the Major 18

Total Units for the Degree 60

Visit the Philosophy website to learn more about the program