Philosophy, Associate in Arts

Program Code: 0210


Philosophy students examine basic questions about topics such as the nature of existence and knowledge, and study the history of human intellectual activities. Philosophy prepares you for all sorts of careers, as you develop greater skills in logic, problem solving, and creative thinking.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Philosophy. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an AA degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

As of July 2014, World Language courses are no longer a degree requirement. In the sequence below, World Language courses are called out as suggested electives. Please talk with your College Advisor to determine the best education plan for you.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
World Language course 2 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
PHIL 106 Introduction To Philosophy 1 3
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
Physical Sciences & Life Sciences course with lab 1 4
World Language course 2 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences course (HD) 1 3
PHIL 107 Ethics 1 3
Semester 3
MATH 118 General Education Math (or higher Mathematics course) 1 4
Fine Arts or Interdisciplinary Humanities course 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
PHIL 105 Logic 2 3
Pathway Elective 2 3
Semester 4
Physical Sciences & Life Sciences course with lab 1 4
Philosophy Elective 2 3
Pathway Elective 2 3
Pathway Elective 2 3
 Total Hours62

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

Pathway ElectiveS

ANTHRO 202Cultural Anthropology (HD)3
HISTORY 141History of World Civilization to 1500 (HD)3
HISTORY 142Hist World Civiliz Frm 1500 (HD)3
PHIL 108Philosophy Of Religion3
PHIL 110Social/Political Philosophy3
PHIL 201Greek Philo To Renaissance3
PHIL 202Enlightenment To Present3
PHIL 215Problems In Philosophy3
PHIL 216Critical Thinking3
PHIL 225Philosophy Of Art3

Recommended electives may vary by transfer institution. Choose your courses with your College Advisor.

Institution-specific transfer guides and agreements can be found on CCC's transfer site.