Bakersfield College


Philosophy Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree is designed to provide students a clear transfer pathway to the CSU philosophy major and completion of the philosophy baccalaureate degree, to grant guaranteed admission to a CSU to a similar major, with junior standing, and the ability to complete their remaining requirements within 60 semester or 90 quarter units. Philosophy has always been and continues to be one of the strongest traditional liberal arts majors in higher education. Some students major in Philosophy as a precursor to graduate work and academic careers, teaching and conducting research in Philosophy and Education. The emphasis on critical thinking, theories of knowledge, value and reality, truth, rational argument and proof make Philosophy an excellent pre-professional undergraduate major (e.g., for law, theology, medicine, business, computer science) or minor (e.g., for the natural, physical and social science and humanities majors).

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • explicate and evaluate arguments.
  • explain major philosophical or religious ideas.
  • defend personal positions on important philosophical issues.
  • demonstrate clear writing and speaking about philosophical or religious ideas.

Requirements for AA-T or AS-T degrees:

The completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the district.
  • The obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The completion of all courses required for the major with a ‘C’ or better. A ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major.

Total Units: 18

Required Core Courses

Course # Name Units
PHIL B7 Introduction to Logic 3.0
PHIL B6A Introduction to Philosophy 3.0
PHIL B10 Introduction to Ethics 3.0

List A - Select 3 units from the following or any Required Core course not already used

Course # Name Units
PHIL B18 History of Ancient Philosophy 3.0

List B - Select 6 units from the following or any List A course not already used

Course # Name Units
HIST B4A European Civilization 3.0
HIST B4B European Civilization 3.0

List C - Select 3 units from the following or any List A or B course not already used

Course # Name Units
PHIL B9 Critical Thinking and Advanced Composition 3.0
PHIL B12 Ethics of Living and Dying 3.0
Category CSU IGETC
Units in Major 18 18
General Education 39 37
Possible double counting of GE's 18 12-15
Degree Total 60 60