Program Description

Philosophy includes the study of ethics, political theory, logical argumentation, theories of knowledge and belief formation, metaphysics, aesthetics, and individual and social values. The Philosophy Program at Pasadena City College enables successful students to develop logical thinking skills, interpret complex texts, and understand and apply philosophical content, theories, and methodology to real-world scenarios. The Associate of Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree is designed to assist students in transferring to a CSU major in Philosophy.

The Associate of Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree requirements:

1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University.

2. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

3. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

4. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

5. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

6. A “P” (Pass) grade is not acceptable grade for courses in the major. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional local graduation requirements.)


Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements

Total Units for the Major: 18 Units

  • PHIL 030 - Logic (3)
    or PHIL 033 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3)
  • PHIL 001 - Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    or PHIL 001H - Honors Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    or PHIL 003 - Ethics (3)

LIST A (SELECT ONE, 3 UNITS):

  • ANY REQUIRED CORE COURSE NOT ALREADY USED:
  • PHIL 020A - History of Ancient Philosophy (3)
    or PHIL 020B - History of Modern Philosophy (3)

LIST B (SELECT TWO, 6 UNITS):

  • ANY LIST A COURSE NOT ALREADY USED
  • HIST 001A - History of European Civilization to 1715 (3)
  • HIST 001B - History of European Civilization from 1715 (3)
  • PHIL 037 - Philosophy of Religion (3)

LIST C (SELECT ONE, 3 UNITS):

  • ANY LIST A OR LIST B COURSE NOT ALREADY USED

REQUIRED SUBTOTAL................................................................................................ 18
CSU General Education or IGETC CSU Pattern...................................................... 39-37
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
DEGREE TOTAL........................................................................................................... 60

 Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically engage and thoughtfully respond to historical and contemporary arguments, ideas, and theories common in the field of philosophy.

  2. Apply major philosophical concepts (from ethics, logic, epistemology, and philosophy of mind) to complex issues of the 21st century.

  3. Demonstrate original analytical and critical writing relevant to philosophical discourse.