Liberal Arts AA– Philosophy Option

Code: AA.LA.PHIL

The Philosophy option introduces students to the basic principles and techniques of logical thinking and argumentation, to the history of philosophical thought, to the basic problems of philosophy (What is real? What can be known? What is really worthwhile?), and to a set of methods by which contemporary moral, social, and political problems may be clearly understood and perhaps resolved.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and analyze the basic problems of philosophy in the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, and value theory.
  • Demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the basic principles of logic and the ability to incorporate them in their analyses of philosophical issues.
  • State and support views on philosophical issues logically, coherently, concisely, and clearly, both orally and in writing.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

HIS  History Elective* 3
MAT  Mathematics Elective*† 3-4
PHR-101Introduction to Philosophy

3

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

HIS  History Elective* 3
MAT/CIS/INF  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective*† 3-4
  or  
  Free Elective† 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
  Diversity Elective‡ 3
PHR-103Introduction to Logic

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

Third Semester

PHR  Philosophy Electives*** 6
  Humanities Elective (not in Philosophy or Religion and not In History)* 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Social Science Elective* 3
Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

PHR  Philosophy Elective*** 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Social Science Electives***
6
  Free Elective‡‡  2-4
Total Credit Hours:15-17

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities

  Humanities Elective (not in Philosophy or Religion and not in History)* 3

PHR-101Introduction to Philosophy

3

PHR-103Introduction to Logic

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Science Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology* 0-3
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Elective‡

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

  Philosophy Electives*** 9
  Social Science Electives*** 6


PHR-101Introduction to Philosophy

3

PHR-103Introduction to Logic

3

Free Electives‡‡

Total Credit Hours:2-6

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 64-68

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s)

**General Education Elective(s) in Philosophy. PHR-103 recommended.

***Need not be General Education courses.

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

General Education Diversity Course Elective. Recommended: PHR-106, PHR-121, PHR-122, PHR-124, PHR-125, PHR-126, or PHR-127.

‡‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101 or another Philosophy course.