Philosophy (AA) Humanities & Interdisciplinary Studies Total Units: 19.0

Term Effective: Fall 2017

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Previous Versions:

Philosophy - effective Fall 2016
Philosophy - effective Fall 2013
Philosophy - effective Spring 2012
Philosophy - effective Fall 2001


The Philosophy major provides lower division preparation for those who plan to major in Philosophy at a university. An Associate Degree in Philosophy can also provide a foundation for lifelong learning.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify characteristically philosophical issues; and
  2. identify and critically evaluate philosophical arguments, including the arguments of prominent philosophers from the history of philosophy.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Philosophy program are:

  • Complete 19.0 units from
    • Philosophy Major Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Philosophy Major Requirements - complete 18.00 units
PHIL 6 Introduction to Philosophy3.00
PHIL 20 History of Western Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval3.00
PHIL 21 History of Western Philosophy: Modern3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
RELS 21 The Hebrew Bible3.00
RELS 22 Early Christian Literature3.00
RELS 3 History of God3.00
RELS 32 Religion in America3.00
PHIL 7 Contemporary Moral Issues3.00
PHIL 9 Political Philosophy3.00
PHIL 10 Philosophy of Peace and Nonviolent Action3.00
PHIL 11 Introduction to Asian Philosophy3.00
PHIL 12 Environmental Philosophy3.00
POLS 18 Political Theory3.00
RELS 2 Comparative Religions3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
PHIL 3 Critical Thinking3.00
PHIL 4 Introduction to Symbolic Logic3.00
PHIL 5 Critical Thinking/Writing3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10 Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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