ADT in Philosophy

Philosophy is the study of the nature of reality, knowledge, and values through a critical analysis of fundamental assumptions or beliefs. The study of logic, ethics, and the history of philosophy provides a means of systemizing, assimilating, and evaluating information and the development of philosophical perspective. This degree prepares a student for transfer to the California State University system as a philosophy major. A bachelor's degree in philosophy is excellent preparation for a career in law, theology, or education.

Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 

Select one (1) of the following courses:
Symbolic Logic3
Select two (2) of the following courses:
Introduction to Philosophy3
Introduction to Philosophy - Honors
Philosophy - Ethics3
Select one (1) of the following courses:
History of Ancient Philosophy3
Select any two (2) courses not already used from the following:
Composition and Critical Thinking3
Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors
Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking3
History of World Civilization up to 1500 C.E.3
History of World Civilization up to 1500 C.E./Honors
History of World Civilization since 15003
Great Religions of the World3
History of Ancient Philosophy3
History of Modern Philosophy3
Philosophy of Religion3
Symbolic Logic3
Total Units18

A.S.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Philosophy A.A.-Transfer Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of philosophical issues and vocabulary.
  2. Demonstrate ability to read analytically and critically.
  3. Use the terminology of logical analysis or other argumentative skills to evaluate philosophical arguments, in order to formulate a well-reasoned philosophical thesis, and to demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  4. Read original philosophical texts from a wide range of the history of philosophy, demonstrating comprehension, to show understanding of major philosophical issues.
  5. State a philosophical thesis clearly, support it with arguments and examples, and anticipate and respond to reasonable objections, in order to show the ability to formulate a well-reasoned philosophical thesis.
  6. Apply methods of formal logical analysis to test the validity of arguments, to show understanding of the value of formal methods.