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2023-2024 Catalog 
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Philosophy, AA with Designation

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Additional information available on the Philosophy Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

  • College Readiness in English
  • College Readiness for Quantitative Literacy 

Philosophy, literally translated from the Greek language, means ‘love of wisdom’. Philosophers study matters such as life, understanding, reality, knowledge, values, reason, mind and language. As a Philosophy student you will learn to think critically, analyze information, speak, and write in a clear, articulate, and incisive manner, apply ethical reasoning to decision-making scenarios, view problems from multiple viewpoints and consider different modes of reasoning. The Associate of Arts degree with designation in Philosophy includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado and will prepare you for continued study at a four-year college/university in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Philosophy. With a degree in Philosophy, you may be employed in one of the following career areas: public/social/civil service, legal practice, government, medical/general ethics, journalism, public relations, grant writing, technical writing, advertising, marketing, theology, business or education.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Philosophy degree program, students should be able to:

  • 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

Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Arts Degrees, AA .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours

 ; prefer MAT 120  

Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours



Three (3) credit hours


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours


Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours

  One of these courses must have the required laboratory (SC1).

Additional Required Courses

Fifteen (15) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Choose Two (2) Courses from the Following


Fourteen (14) credit hours selected from the


Total Credit Hours: 60

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