Let your love of wisdom guide you towards an Associate of Arts transfer degree in Philosophy.
At ACC, we offer an Associate of Arts degree in Philosophy that will let you transfer into a philosophy program at 4-year Colorado institutions. With your next step into various career options including business, management, law, government, journalism and education, just to name a few. We offer classes in ethics, logic, religions and religious beliefs from around the world, and you can even take classes where you choose a topic of interest to pursue in-depth. Studying philosophy will allow you to share ideas and learn from different perspectives. It teaches you how to think, rather than what to think, and for that reason philosophy will help prepare you for any field you wish to pursue.
What You'll Learn
The study of philosophy will teach you how to think analytically and creatively. Upon completion of your AA, you’ll be able to:
- Use the techniques of formal and informal logical analysis.
- Explain why a philosophical problem is significant and describe attempts to solve it.
- Read and interpret primary and secondary philosophical sources.
- Reconstruct and critically evaluate philosophical arguments in written form.
CIP 240101 (PHIM)
The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at public four-year colleges and universities as designated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) transfer agreement.
For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.
- ENG 122 - English Composition II: GT-CO2 3 Credits AND
- GT - One GT Pathways -approved CO3 course (GTCO3)
- GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH4)
- GT - One GT Pathways History course (GT-H1)
- GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
- GT - Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Science courses (GT-SC1, GT-SC2). One of these courses must have the required Laboratory (GTSC1)
Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.
Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.
- Any GT Pathways course.
- Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics, Independent Study, Capstone, and Internships:
ANT, ART, BIO (100 OR above), CHE, ECO, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHI, PHY (105 OR above), POS, PSY, SOC.
- ENG 131 - Technical Writing I: GT-CO1 3 Credits (OR higher ENG course)
- HWE 124 - Fitness and Wellness 2 Credits
- MAT 120 - Mathematics for Liberal Arts: GT-MA1 4 Credits (OR higher MAT course)
- ANY Foreign Language (including ASL) numbered 111 or higher
Any additional courses taken in the discipline covered by this agreement might not count toward the requirements of the major at the receiving institution.
No course substitutions will be allowed within this degree. All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer to another Colorado institution. Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.
- Apply for graduation online at www.arapahoe.edu/graduation.
ACC academic plans will help guide you through your chosen program. The academic plan will provide you with important information, like which semesters courses are offered, if there are any pre-requisites or co-requisites for courses, program outcomes, course sequence recommendations, notes for the program, graduation requirements and other important information. These are updated annually, so we recommend downloading a copy of yours to keep on track to graduation.
- Ask Philosophers: A site where members of the general public submit questions and receive answers from professional philosophers
- Philosophy Bites: “Podcasts of top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics”
- History of Philosophy without any Gaps: A website offering an extensive library of podcasts focused of the history of philosophy
- Philosophical T.E.D. Talks
- Philosophy Now: A philosophy magazine for members of the general public interested in philosophy
- Daily Nous: A popular blog read by professional philosophers
- The Leiter Report: A popular blog read by professional philosophers
Job Potential in Philosophy
Your Philosophy AAS can prepare you for a career in many fields. A degree in philosophy has been shown to produce higher test scores for management, law school and medical schools. Not to mention that employers are looking for employees with skills learned in liberal arts and philosophy courses. With the critical thinking, writing, and communication skills that a philosophy education provides, you’ll be well prepared to enter a large number of fields, including: