2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Dec 11, 2023  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, AA [PHIL-AA, 60 Total Credits]


Studying Philosophy cultivates intellectual skills that are useful in all professional, personal, and academic contexts. In every Philosophy course, students are shown how to analyze issues and information, and to both produce and assess arguments according to the standards of good reasoning. The serious attempt to answer philosophical questions makes up part of the core of a meaningful human life no matter what job or career one chooses.


Click the link to view the different degree maps for degree completion and transfer: Academic Maps: AA Philosophy  

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of influential thinkers and arguments that have been advanced in the history of the Western intellectual tradition.

  2. Demonstrate knowledge of some of the most influential thinkers and arguments that have been advanced by contemporary thinkers.

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of some of the core concepts and vocabulary related to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, and logic.

  4. Demonstrate an ability to think critically, such as the ability to identify inconsistencies in sets of claims, to identify the presumptions of claims, and to identify the implications of claims.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to think objectively, that is, dispassionately, about their own personal convictions whether they are religious, political, or social in nature.

General Education Requirements (34 Credits)

Mathematics (3 Credits)

NOTE: Your first college-level MATH course MUST be completed before reaching 30 total college-level credits.

English Composition (6-8 Credits)

NOTE: Your first college-level ENG course MUST be completed before reaching 30 total college-level credits.

Analytical Reasoning (3 Credits)

Natural Science (6-7 Credits)

Two courses from the following, one must include a lab.

Social Science (9 Credits)

Nine credits must be from three different disciplines. 

Values and Diversity

All students MUST fulfill this requirement. Course chosen may also be used to fulfill the corresponding general education or special program requirements. Recommended - Completing WMST 113 will also count toward completing the Social Science requirement.

Special Program Requirements (26 Credits)

Core Requirements (3 Credits)

PHIL Electives (9 Credits)

Any PHIL courses not already used to complete a different portion of this degree; those transferring to UNLV should complete PHIL 114.

Fine Arts (3 Credits)

Humanities (6 Credits)


  • and one course from the following:

  • or above
  • or  any HIST prefix course
  • or  any RST prefix course
  • or  World Languages 111 or above (this includes the following course prefixes: ARA, ARM, CHI, FIL, FREN, GER, GRE, ITAL, JPN, KOR, LAT, PORT, RUS, SPAN, and THAI)

General Electives (5-6 Credits)

See a counselor to select 5-6 transferable credits.