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Philosophy

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Philosophy

This program is intended to prepare students for transfer into baccalaureate philosophy programs at the California State University. It provides essential lower division work and offers a broad selection of elective courses. It also offers the opportunity to develop general skills, such as critical thinking, comprehending challenging reading materials, and producing clear and precise argumentative writing, which are useful in a broad range of endeavors.

The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) student completion requirements (as stated in SB1440 law):

(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-Breadth).
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Catalog Date: January 1, 2021

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
PHIL 300 Introduction to Philosophy (3) 3
   or PHIL 310 Introduction to Ethics (3)
PHIL 325 Symbolic Logic 3
PHIL 330 History of Classical Philosophy (3) 3
   or PHIL 480 History of Classical Philosophy - Honors (3)
PHIL 331 History of Modern Philosophy (3) 3
   or PHIL 481 History of Modern Philosophy - Honors (3)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
PHIL 300 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
PHIL 306 Environmental Philosophy (3)
PHIL 310 Introduction to Ethics (3)
PHIL 338 Contemporary Philosophy (3)
PHIL 352 Introduction to World Religions (3)
PHIL 368 Law, Justice, and Punishment (3)
Total Units: 18

The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • comprehend texts on both literal and inferential levels.
  • articulate ideas and arguments in a clear and precise manner.
  • defend their own views with careful and compelling reasoning.
  • express the perspectives and arguments of others in an accurate and nuanced manner.

Career Information

Those who possess M.A. and Ph.D degrees in philosophy find employment in the academic sector as teachers and professors. In addition, undergraduate study in philosophy is good preparation for law school and other graduate programs requiring facility with critical reasoning and mastering conceptually challenging material.

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Environmental Literacy

The Environmental Literacy degree is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary knowledge of environmental issues and theories focused on the humanities and social sciences (rather than the natural sciences). The program will require that participants learn (1) various historical, literary, social, psychological, economic, and philosophical dimensions and implications of environmental issues and (2) to read, write, evaluate, revise, and present their ideas with a level of clarity and cogency that will make them eligible for immediate employment.

Catalog Date: January 1, 2021

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
BIOL 305 Natural History (4)
BIOL 350 Environmental Biology (3)
GEOG 302 Environmental Studies & Sustainability (3)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
ECON 304 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ENGLT 328 Literature and The Environment (3)
PHIL 306 Environmental Philosophy (3)
POLS 350 Environmental Politics (3)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
BIOL 305 Natural History (4)
BIOL 350 Environmental Biology (3)
BIOL 360 Environmental Regulations (3)
CHEM 320 Environmental Chemistry (4)
GEOG 302 Environmental Studies & Sustainability (3)
GEOG 305 Global Climate Change (3)
ECON 304 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ENGLT 328 Literature and The Environment (3)
PHIL 306 Environmental Philosophy (3)
POLS 350 Environmental Politics (3)
SOC 301 Social Problems (3)
STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
   or STAT 480 Introduction to Probability and Statistics - Honors (4)
Total Units: 18

The Environmental Literacy Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • possess specialized knowledge that will be applicable in fields such as environmental politics, literature, economics, philosophy, and community activism,.
  • demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of the major environmental positions presented in the relevant history and literature.
  • identify, expose, analyze, and evaluate the interconnections between the environment and the domestic and world economies.
  • identify and critically evaluate environmental conflicts in various realms and at various levels.
  • write position papers in regard to environmental concerns that are clear, concise, and well constructed.
  • identify, expose, analyze, and evaluate the ethical dimensions of various environmental theories and practices.
  • compete for environment focused jobs in administration, law, government, design, journalism, etc.

Career Information

This degree will evidence competency in understanding and ability to work successfully with environmental problems and solutions upon graduation with the AA. Students should be able to assume administrative and research positions and other entry level, non-technical positions. For example, graduates with an associate degree in Environmental Literacy should be employable as environmental research assistants and community organizers (e.g., aiding community transition to low carbon activities). Depending on the course work selected, the course of study may lead into several social science (e.g., political science), humanities (e.g., philosophy), or environmental study bachelor degree programs. Note that most environmental study degree programs in California require natural science and math courses over and above those required for this AA. Students may find employment in policy, law, journalism, education, activism, and arts in regard to the environment. Positions such as policy adviser, energy contract negotiator, city resiliency specialist, public transportation coordinator, and environmental journalist are a sample of possible lines of work. Lastly, this program will prepare students to be active, informed participants in their communities in responding to the environmental challenges confronting us.


A.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Humanities

The Interdisciplinary Studies degree is designed for students who seek a greater understanding of disciplines within the arts and humanities. This program is a good choice for students planning on transferring to the California State University or the University of California. The student will be able to satisfy general education requirements and focus on transferable course work that relates to a specific major and/or individual interest.

It is highly recommended that students consult a counselor to determine the classes within each area that will best prepare them for their intended transfer major.

Catalog Date: January 1, 2021

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 18 units from the following: 181
ARABIC 401 Elementary Arabic (5)
ARABIC 402 Elementary Arabic (5)
ART 300 Drawing and Composition I (3)
ART 301 Digital Drawing and Composition (3)
ART 302 Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART 304 Figure Drawing I (3)
ART 305 Figure Drawing II (3)
ART 307 Rendering (3)
ART 310 Pen and Ink Drawing (3)
ART 312 Portrait Drawing (3)
ART 320 Design: Fundamentals (3)
ART 322 Design: Image and Content (3)
ART 323 Design: Color Theory (3)
ART 324 Collage and Assemblage (3)
ART 330 Mural Painting (3)
ART 332 Oil Painting (3)
ART 333 Intermediate Oil Painting (3)
ART 334 Acrylic Painting (3)
ART 335 Acrylic Painting: Abstract (3)
ART 336 Watercolor Painting (3)
ART 337 Intermediate Watercolor Painting (3)
ART 361 Printmaking: Survey (3)
ART 362 Printmaking: Intaglio (3)
ART 363 Printmaking: Screen Printing (3)
ART 364 Printmaking: Relief (3)
ART 366 Printmaking: Lithography (3)
ART 367 Book Arts (3)
ART 370 Three Dimensional Design (3)
ART 372 Sculpture (3)
ART 373 Intermediate Sculpture (3)
ART 374 Sculpture Lab (1 - 2)
ART 375 Figure Sculpture (3)
ART 380 Techniques in Metal Design (3)
ART 381 Intermediate Techniques in Metal Design (3)
ART 384 Metal Design: Emphasis In Casting (3)
ART 385 Metal Arts Lab (1 - 2)
ART 390 Ceramics (3)
ART 391 Intermediate Ceramics (3)
ART 392 Ceramic Lab (1 - 2)
ART 394 Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Beginning (3)
ART 395 Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Intermediate (3)
ART 396 Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Advanced (3)
ART 400 Clay Sculpture (3)
ART 404 Intermediate Clay Sculpture (3)
ART 440 Artists' Materials and Techniques (3)
ART 443 Art Gallery Operations (3)
ART 445 Art Gallery Operations (3)
ART 446 Portfolio Preparation (3)
ART 494 Topics in Art (0.5 - 4)
ART 495 Independent Studies in Art (1 - 3)
ART 498 Work Experience in Art (1 - 4)
ARTH 300 Introduction to Art (3)
ARTH 304 Ancient Art (3)
ARTH 306 Medieval Art (3)
ARTH 307 Italian Renaissance Art (3)
ARTH 308 Renaissance Tradition in Art (3)
ARTH 310 Modern Art (3)
ARTH 312 Women in Art (3)
ARTH 313 History of Western Architecture: Prehistoric to Renaissance (3)
ARTH 314 History of Western Architecture: Renaissance to Modern (3)
ARTH 318 History of American Art (3)
ARTH 320 Multicultural Art in America (3)
ARTH 324 Art of the Americas (3)
ARTH 325 Native American Art History (3)
ARTH 328 Survey of African Art (3)
ARTH 332 Asian Art (3)
ARTH 334 International Contemporary Art (3)
ARTH 410 Early 20th Century Art (3)
ARTH 484 Ancient Art-Honors (3)
ARTH 486 Medieval Art-Honors (3)
ARTH 487 Renaissance Art-Honors (3)
ARTH 488 Modern Art--Honors (3)
ARTH 494 Topics in Art History (0.5 - 4)
ARTH 495 Independent Studies in Art History (1 - 3)
ARTH 499 Experimental Offering in Art History (0.5 - 4)
CANT 401 Elementary Cantonese (4)
CANT 402 Elementary Cantonese (4)
CANT 411 Intermediate Cantonese (4)
CANT 412 Intermediate Cantonese (4)
COMM 305 Oral Interpretation (3)
DEAF 310 American Sign Language I (4)
DEAF 312 American Sign Language II (4)
DEAF 314 American Sign Language III (4)
DEAF 316 American Sign Language IV (4)
ENGCW 400 Creative Writing (3)
ENGCW 410 Fiction Writing Workshop (3)
ENGCW 420 Poetry Writing Workshop (3)
ENGCW 430 Creative Non-Fiction Writing Workshop (3)
ENGLT 303 Introduction to the Short Story (3)
ENGLT 310 English Literature I (3)
ENGLT 311 English Literature II (3)
ENGLT 317 The English Bible as Literature (3)
ENGLT 320 American Literature I (3)
ENGLT 321 American Literature II (3)
ENGLT 327 Literature of California (3)
ENGLT 328 Literature and The Environment (3)
ENGLT 331 African-American Literature (1730-1930) (3)
ENGLT 332 African-American Literature (1930-Present) (3)
ENGLT 334 Asian-American Literature (3)
ENGLT 335 Latino, Mexican-American, and Chicano Literature (3)
ENGLT 345 Mythologies of the World (3)
ENGLT 346 Latin American Literature (3)
ENGLT 360 Women in Literature (3)
ENGLT 365 Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Literature (3)
ENGLT 370 Children and Literature (3)
ENGLT 380 Introduction to Shakespeare (3)
ENGLT 392 Science Fiction and Fantasy (3)
ENGLT 400 Introduction to Film (3)
ENGLT 401 Women in Film and Literature (3)
ENGLT 403 Film Adaptations (3)
ENGLT 404 Documentary Film Studies (3)
ENGLT 480 World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern World - Honors (3)
ENGLT 481 World Literature: Seventeenth Century to Present - Honors (3)
ENGLT 494 Topics in Literature (3)
ENGLT 495 Independent Studies in Literature (1 - 3)
ENGLT 499 Experimental Offering in Literature (0.5 - 4)
ENGWR 301 College Composition and Literature (3)
ENGWR 303 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature (4)
FREN 401 Elementary French (4)
FREN 402 Elementary French (4)
FREN 411 Intermediate French (4)
FREN 412 Intermediate French (4)
GREEK 401 Elementary Modern Standard Greek (4)
GREEK 402 Elementary Modern Standard Greek (4)
HIST 300 History of Western Civilization (3)
HIST 302 History of Western Civilization (3)
HIST 307 History of World Civilizations to 1500 (3)
HIST 308 History of World Civilizations, 1500 to Present (3)
HIST 309 World History in the Twentieth Century (3)
HUM 300 Classical Humanities (3)
HUM 310 Modern Humanities (3)
HUM 332 American Humanities (3)
HUM 352 Religious Themes in Western Art, Literature and Music (3)
ITAL 401 Elementary Italian (4)
ITAL 402 Elementary Italian (4)
JAPAN 401 Elementary Japanese (4)
JAPAN 402 Elementary Japanese (4)
JAPAN 411 Intermediate Japanese (4)
JAPAN 412 Intermediate Japanese (4)
KOREAN 401 Elementary Korean (4)
KOREAN 402 Elementary Korean (4)
MAND 401 Elementary Mandarin (4)
MAND 402 Elementary Mandarin (4)
MAND 411 Intermediate Mandarin (4)
MAND 412 Intermediate Mandarin (4)
MUIVI 315 Beginning Voice (1 - 2)
MUIVI 325 Intermediate Voice (2)
MUIVI 330 Advanced Voice (2)
MUIVI 345 Beginning Piano I (1 - 2)
MUIVI 346 Beginning Piano II (1 - 2)
MUIVI 355 Intermediate Piano I (1 - 2)
MUIVI 356 Intermediate Piano II (1 - 2)
MUIVI 357 Advanced Piano I (1 - 2)
MUIVI 358 Advanced Piano II (1 - 2)
MUIVI 371 Intermediate Guitar (2)
MUIVI 372 Advanced Guitar (2)
MUIVI 373 Popular Electric Bass Styles I (1)
MUIVI 374 Popular Electric Bass Styles II (1)
MUIVI 375 Popular Electric Guitar Styles I (1)
MUIVI 377 Popular Electric Guitar Styles II (1)
MUIVI 380 Improvisation Workshop I (2)
MUIVI 381 Improvisation Workshop II (2)
MUIVI 382 Improvisation Workshop III (2)
MUIVI 452 World Drumming (1)
MUIVI 454 Indian Classical Fusion Improvisation (1)
MUFHL 305 Music Appreciation (3)
MUFHL 309 Introduction to American Popular Music (3)
MUFHL 310 Survey of Music History and Literature (Greek Antiquity to 1750) (3)
MUFHL 315 Jazz History (3)
MUFHL 330 World Music (3)
MUP 325 Jazz Band (2)
MUP 335 Concert Band (1)
MUP 355 College Choir (2)
PHIL 300 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
PHIL 306 Environmental Philosophy (3)
PHIL 310 Introduction to Ethics (3)
PHIL 330 History of Classical Philosophy (3)
PHIL 331 History of Modern Philosophy (3)
PHIL 338 Contemporary Philosophy (3)
PHIL 352 Introduction to World Religions (3)
PHIL 368 Law, Justice, and Punishment (3)
PRSIAN 401 Elementary Persian (4)
PRSIAN 402 Elementary Persian (4)
PNJABI 401 Elementary Punjabi (4)
PNJABI 402 Elementary Punjabi (4)
RUSS 401 Elementary Russian (4)
RUSS 402 Elementary Russian (4)
RUSS 411 Intermediate Russian (4)
RUSS 412 Intermediate Russian (4)
SPAN 401 Elementary Spanish (4)
SPAN 402 Elementary Spanish (4)
SPAN 411 Intermediate Spanish (4)
SPAN 412 Intermediate Spanish (4)
TA 300 Introduction to the Theatre (3)
TA 302 History and Theory of the Theatre I (3)
TA 303 History and Theory of the Theatre II (3)
TA 308 Diversity in American Theatre (3)
TA 342 Introduction to Acting (3)
TA 350 Theory and Techniques of Acting I (3)
TA 351 Theory and Techniques of Acting II (3)
TAFILM 300 Introduction to Film (3)
TAFILM 302 History of Film (3)
TAFILM 303 History of Film: 1880's through 1950's (3)
TAFILM 304 History of Film: 1950's to Present (3)
TAFILM 320 Cinema Genres (3)
TAFILM 330 Film Making (3)
TAFILM 360 Screenwriting (3)
TGLG 401 Elementary Tagalog (4)
TGLG 402 Elementary Tagalog (4)
VIET 401 Elementary Vietnamese (4)
VIET 402 Elementary Vietnamese (4)
Total Units: 18

1Select courses from at least three areas.

The Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Humanities Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate and interpret the ways in which people throughout the ages in different cultures have responded to themselves and the world around them in artistic and cultural creation and expression.

Career Information

Students who complete this degree pattern can find career opportunities in the growing film and entertainment industries; in education; in the design and fabrication industries, and as an independent contractor concentrating in the area of their study.