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

  Free Elective 3
MAT  Mathematics Elective 4
COM  Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102   3
PHR-101Introduction to Philosophy

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

HIS  History Elective* 3

Social Science Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective   4
PHR-103Introduction to Logic

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Third Semester

PHR  Philosophy Requirement Elective*** 3
  Humanities Elective (not in Philosophy or Religion and not In History)* 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  History Elective* 3
Total Credit Hours:13

Fourth Semester

PHR  Humanities Elective*** 6
  Diversity Elective* 4
  Social Science Elective***
3
  Free Elective‡‡  3
Total Credit Hours:15

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

Recommended:

-Plus two of the following courses:

PHR-100Reasoning

3

PHR-102Contemporary Moral Issues

3

PHR-107Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

3

PHR-110Introduction to Ethics

3

PHR-111Social and Political Philosophy

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Science Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics:
One 4-cr Mathematics or [One 3 cr Math + One 1-cr INF]
4
  Two Gen Ed courses in the following fields: BIO, CHM, PHY 8
Total Credit Hours:12

Diversity Elective‡

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45

Program Requirements

PHR-101Introduction to Philosophy

3

PHR-103Introduction to Logic

3

-Plus ONE of the following courses:

PHR-100Reasoning

3

PHR-102Contemporary Moral Issues

3

PHR-107Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

3

PHR-110Introduction to Ethics

3

PHR-111Social and Political Philosophy

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Free Electives‡‡

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

*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.