Associate in Arts Philosophy Emphasis

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What is the nature of existence? How should we live our lives? How can we know the truth? Philosophy explores these questions and provides a base for all human investigation.

In your coursework at MCC, study the greatest thinkers in human history. You’ll discover how ideas shape the world we live in today. You’ll also investigate logic, the methodology of philosophy, and explore the definition, nature, and limits of human reason. You’ll delve into metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics. You’ll learn to question all assumptions and to think objectively in the pursuit of truth.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
60–61
Catalog Year
2018-2019

Transfer Pathways

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer pathway options.

A list of available transfer options for the Philosophy Emphasis program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts Philosophy
Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts Philosophy (Morality, Politics, and Law)
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Arts Philosophy
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Arts Philosophy, Politics, and Law
University of Arizona Bachelor of Arts Philosophy
University of Arizona Bachelor of Arts Philosophy, Politics, Economic, and Law

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Demonstrate and evaluate knowledge of the major questions, central methods, issues, figures, and arguments in the core areas of philosophy and its history.
  • Employ the tools of formal (deductive) and informal (inductive) logic to identify, construct, analyze, evaluate, and respond to arguments.
  • Assess and examine questions of value with clarity, balance, open-mindedness, and rational rigor.
  • Compare and contrast texts and philosophical traditions and/or between philosophy and everyday life.
  • Interpret and analyze texts in accurate and philosophically sophisticated ways. Clearly articulate ideas and arguments in writing and speech.
  • Engage in self-reflection and achieve greater self-understanding, exhibiting openness to alternative possibilities and conceptual frameworks.

Career Opportunities

Philosophy provides an excellent foundation for furthering your studies in the humanities and social sciences. With classes across a variety of disciplines and with a focus on critical thinking and communication skills, this degree can lead to jobs in many industries. Graduates will be prepared to seek employment in areas as diverse as law, academia, business, politics, advocacy, or numerous other professions.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators $51,490
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $123,490
Lawyers $107,270
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $70,440
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-17
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy Critical course Gateway course Course carries HU Value 3
Language Any 101 level Foreign Language 4
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics 3–4
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100, COM110, and COM230 carry the SB value. COM225 carries the L value. 3
Language Any 102 level Foreign Language 4
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Courses If testing out of CRE101, complete an elective course for 3 credits 3
PHI103 Introduction to Logic Critical course Course carries HU, L Values 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
14
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Language Any 201 level Foreign Language 4
SQ Natural Sciences 4
PHI105 Introduction to Ethics Course carries HU Value 3
Meet with ASU Transfer Specialist: Transition to Transfer Institution

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
14
C & (H or G) Cultural Diversity in the US (C) and Historical (H) or Global (G) Awareness 3
Language Any 202 level Foreign Language 4
SQ or SG Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Completion of Associate in Arts, Completion of AGEC-A
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy Critical course Gateway course Course carries HU Value 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
PHI103 Introduction to Logic Critical course Course carries HU, L Values 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course If testing out of CRE101, complete an elective course for 3 credits. 3
PHI105 Introduction to Ethics Course carries HU Value 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-7
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics 3–4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100, COM110, and COM230 carry the SB value. COM225 carries the L value. 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
Language Any 101 level Foreign Language 4
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
Language Any 102 level Foreign Language 4
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Language Any 201 level Foreign Language 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
8
SQ or SG Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
Language Any 202 level Foreign Language 4
Meet with ASU Transfer Specialist: Transition to Transfer Institution

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
C & (H or G) Cultural Diversity in the US (C) and Historical (H) or Global (G) Awareness 3
SQ Natural Sciences 4
Completion of Associate in Arts, Completion of AGEC-A

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.