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Philosophy

Let your love of wisdom guide you towards an Associate of Arts transfer degree in Philosophy.

Tree growing out of a book

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.

David Sackris, PhD
Program Chair
Philosophy
david.sackris [at] arapahoe.edu
Lance Rubin, PhD
Faculty / Department Chair
Arts, Humanities, History, Communication
lance.rubin [at] arapahoe.edu

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.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (31 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Mathematics course (GTMA1)
  • prefer MAT 120: Mathematics for the Liberal Arts.
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH4)
History (3 credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (7 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Science courses (GT-SC1, GT-SC2). One of these courses must have the required Laboratory (GTSC1)
Additional Required Courses (15 credit hours)

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.

Choose two courses from the following (6 credit hours)
  • PHI 220 - Death and Dying (GT- AH3)
Electives (14 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Guaranteed Transfer
Any course in the following prefixes
  • 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.
Note(s):

Any additional courses taken in the discipline covered by this agreement might not count toward the requirements of the major at the receiving institution.

Total: 60 credit hours

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.

Graduation Requirements

Job Potential

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: