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Degree Type: Associate of Arts Degree, AA

Pathway: Arts & Humanities

More Options: Classroom Based, Remote Real-Time, Hyflex, Online, Hybrid

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Centennial

Transferability: Transferable, Guaranteed Transfer (GT)

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Why choose Philosophy at PPSC?

A Philosophy degree from PPSC equips individuals to make lucid choices amid competing political ideologies, religious beliefs and value systems and gives them the intellectual strength to defend what they do and what they believe. The skills that Philosophy teaches will always be in high demand: the ability to think and write clearly, reveal assumptions, trace implications, and see things in a broader context. These are valuable skills in careers like teaching, business, economics, government, theology and law.

Career Options

Some philosophy majors plan to go on to graduate school with the goal of teaching philosophy at the college level. For these students, a major in philosophy is the best undergraduate preparation. Most philosophy majors, though, do not pursue graduate studies and can find careers in a number of professions. Business and government employers are often pleased to hire philosophy majors because of their ability to read carefully, write clearly and to see to the heart of complex problems. The rigorous training philosophy majors receive in analysis and argumentation result in their performing particularly well on admissions tests for law school, business school and graduate programs in academic disciplines.
  • Teaching
  • Business
  • Government
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Environmental Policy
  • Theology
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Philosophy Classes You Might Take

Check out the classes you may take while studying Philosophy 

class 1

Introduces significant theoretical and practical questions and emphasizes understanding the meaning and methods of philosophy. Includes: the human condition, logic, reality, knowledge, freedom, history, ethics, and religion.

class 2

Examines the human life, experience, and thought to discover and develop the principles and values for pursuing a more fulfilled existence. This course examines ethical theories designed to both justify moral judgements, as well as apply these ethical theories to a selection of personal and social issues in the world today.

class 3

Focuses on the critical analysis and evaluation of the fundamental concepts, ideas, and implications within religious worldviews. This course includes issues such as the nature of God, other conceptions of ultimate reality, arguments concerning God's existence, the problem of evil and suffering, faith and reason, metaphysical foundations for ethics, the phenomenon of religious experience, and religious diversity.

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Alana Lipscomb
PPSC Graduate

Philosophy Associate of Arts with Designation

  • Use information to describe a problem or issue and/or articulate a question related to the topic.
  • Evaluate the relevance of context when presenting a position
  • Identify assumptions
  • Analyze one’s own and others’ assumptions
  • Establish a conclusion that is tied to the range of information presented
  • Reflect on implications and consequences of stated conclusion
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Program Plan

math & english requirements

Program Plan

Courses & Credit Hours

  • ENG 1021 - English Composition I (3)
  • 1 GT Pathways Arts and Humanities course from AH2, AH3, or AH4 (3)
  • PHI 1011- Introduction to Philosophy AH3 (3)
  • 1 GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences course from SS1, SS2, or SS3 (3)
  • 1 Elective from the AA approved course list (3)

Total Credits: 15

Courses & Credit Hours

  • ENG 1022 - English Composition II (3)
  • 1 GT Pathways History course from HI1 (3)
  • 1 GT Pathways Mathematics course from GT-MA1 (3) prefer MAT 1240 (4)
  • 1 Elective from the AA approved course list (2)
  • PHI 1012 - Ethics AH3 (3)

Total Credits: 15 

Courses & Credit Hours

  • 1 GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences with Lab course from SC1 (4)
  • PHI 1013 - Logic AH3 (3)
  • PHI 2014 - Philosophy of Religion AH3 (3)
  • 1 GT Pathways Arts and Humanities course from AH2, AH3, or AH4 (3)
  • 1 Elective from the AA approved course list (3)

Total Credits: 16

Courses & Credit Hours

  • 1 GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences course from SC1 (3)
  • 1 GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences course from SS1, SS2, or SS3 (3)
  • PHI 2018 - Environmental Ethics AH3 (3)
  • 2 Elective from the AA approved course list (3)

Total Credits: 15 

math & english requirements

GT- One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1) prefer MAT 1240

(Need 3 Credit Hours)

ENG 1021 - English Composition 1: CO1 (3)

ENG 1022 - English Composition II: CO2  (3)

ENG 2001 - English Composition III: CO3  (3)

His 2765 - Writing About History" CO3  (3)

(Need 6 Credit Hours)

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