Philosophy Associate of Arts Transfer Degree
The Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) in Philosophy provides students with invaluable skills transferable to most vocations through the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440). The law states that students will have guaranteed admission to a California State University (CSU) campus upon successful completion of the specified program requirements. Whatever the vocational goal, students benefit from completing this AA-T in Philosophy. Nearly everyone is concerned with the kinds of questions and experiences studied in philosophy. This field of study is concerned with the nature of reality, truth and value, the human response to death and suffering, and those perennial human questions: Who am I? Why am I here? And where am I going. Philosophy courses require critical analysis, clarity, and understanding. These skills are achieved through careful and close reading of texts, images, and symbols as well as through descriptive and analytic writing. The AA-T in Philosophy requires the study of diverse and often competing belief systems. This is a challenging and exciting endeavor that can help us make sense of the events taking place in the world around us. Students should consult with a counselor to determine whether this degree is the best option for their transfer goals.
The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is a designated "high unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system.
Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
To earn this AA-T degree, students must complete the following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements:
- completion of the following major requirements with grades of C or better;
- completion of a minimum of 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
- certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSU-GE) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU, which requires a minimum of 39 units.
It is highly recommended that students complete courses that satisfy the U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement as part of CSUGE or IGETC before transferring to a CSU. Students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution and major in Philosophy should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.
|Required Core Courses|
|PHIL 103||Introduction to Logic: Argument and Evidence||3|
|PHIL 101||Introduction to Philosophy||3|
|or PHIL 101H||Introduction to Philosophy - Honors|
|List A - Select one of the following: (3 units minimum)|
|PHIL 102||Critical Thinking and Writing||3|
|or PHIL 105||Introduction to Ethics|
|List B - Select two of the following (any course not used from List A):|
|ENGL 102||Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking||4|
|or ENGL 102H||Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors|
|RELIG 101||Introduction to World Religions||3|
|List C - Select one of the following or any course not selected from List A or List B:|
|PHIL 112||Philosophy in Literature||3|
|PHIL 180||Death and Dying||3|
|RELIG 100||Introduction to Religious Studies||3|
|or RELIG 100H||Introduction to Religious Studies-Honors|
|RELIG 110||Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion||3|
|RELIG 135||Religion in America||3|
|RELIG 150||Introduction to Mythology||3|
|RELIG 175||The Literature and Religion of the Bible||3|
|RELIG 176||Jesus and His Interpreters||3|
|RELIG 180||Death and Dying||3|
|Total Units That May Be Double Counted||6-12|
|General Education (CSU-GE or IGETC) Units||39-42|
|Elective (CSU Transferable) Units||5-14|
See Section on Degree, Certificate, and Transfer Information for additional information on the Associate Degrees for Transfer.
To earn an SBVC Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) students must complete one of the following general education patterns:
Program Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Identify and analyze the structure of arguments, including recognizing conclusions, premises, and inference indicators by writing a response to that prompt
- Analyze and evaluate issues dealing with the tradition of philosophy, including but not limited to ethical, epistemological, and political philosophical issues, and/or the impact of Eastern traditions
- Apply the ideas and concepts in the tradition of philosophy to contemporary experience by writing a response to that prompt