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Philosophy (AA) Philosophy Total Units: 19
Term Effective: Fall 2020


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.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Philosophy (AA) program are:

  • Complete 19 units from
    • Philosophy Major Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Philosophy Major Requirements - complete 18.00 units
PHIL 6Introduction to Philosophy3.00
PHIL 20History of Western Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval3.00
PHIL 21History of Western Philosophy: Modern3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
PHIL 7Contemporary Moral Issues3.00
PHIL 9Political Philosophy3.00
PHIL 10Philosophy of Peace and Nonviolent Action3.00
PHIL 11Introduction to Asian Philosophy3.00
PHIL 12Environmental Philosophy3.00
POLS 18Political Theory3.00
RELS 2World Religions3.00
RELS 3History of God3.00
RELS 21The Jewish Bible and the Birth of God3.00
RELS 22Jesus and the Invention of Christianity3.00
RELS 32Religion in America3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
PHIL 3Critical Thinking3.00
PHIL 4Introduction to Symbolic Logic3.00
PHIL 5Critical Thinking/Writing3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2020

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.

Previous Versions:

Philosophy - effective Fall 2019
Philosophy - effective Fall 2017
Philosophy - effective Fall 2016
Philosophy - effective Fall 2013
Philosophy - effective Spring 2012
Philosophy - effective Fall 2001

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.

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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