The HCC Philosophy Associate in Arts degree pathway is a for students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in philosophy at a college or university. The associate degree provides students with the foundational knowledge required to enhance their understanding of philosophy as a critical inquiry of nature and human society, to analyze and evaluate major paradigms in philosophy from historical and contemporary perspectives, to sharpen critical thinking and argumentative skills, and to prepare students to transfer to a university.
This degree offers students a fundamental understanding of the main fields of philosophy, including logic, ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, social and political philosophy, aesthetics, and philosophy of religion while exposing students to a broad spectrum of philosophical theories. Many university programs require the completion of specific courses prior to acceptance. It is the student's responsibility to contact the institution to ensure transferability.
This pathway is for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in Philosophy.
This curriculum is from the current college catalog and is meant to provide prospective students an example of courses taken in this degree/certificate. It is not intended to be used for graduation requirements.
Please note only 60 of these credits are needed for AA degree completion. For each pathway, IDS 2891 is a degree requirement, and for most of the pathways, SLS 1106 is required for first-time-in-college students. CGS 2100 may be able to be tested out for no credit. Consult an academic advisor with questions related to pathways and course planning.
YEAR I – First Semester
†ENC 1101 English Composition I - 3 cr.
*†PHI 1010 Introduction to Philosophy - 3 cr.
†SLS 1106 First Year Experience Orientation - 3 cr.
Mathematics CORE General Education - 3 cr.
Physical Science General Education - 3-4 cr.
YEAR I – Second Semester
†ENC 1102 English Composition II - 3 cr.
*†PHI 1600 Ethics - 3 cr.
Biological Science General Education - 3-4 cr.
Mathematics General Education - 3 cr.
YEAR I – Third Semester
†HUM 2230 World Humanities: Early Modern to the Contemporary - 3 cr.
*†PHI 1100 Elementary Logic - 3 cr.
†Behavioral Science General Education CORE - 3 cr.
Behavioral Science/History/Economics CORE - 3 cr.
YEAR II – First Semester
†AMH 2020 Modern American History
†POS 2041, American Government - 3 cr.
†CGS 2100 Computer Information Technology and Literacy - 3 cr.
†SPC 1608 Public Speaking - 3 cr.
**Elective - 6 cr.
YEAR II – Second Semester
†IDS 2891 Connections - 1 cr.
**Electives - 12 cr.
**Select 18 credit hours from the following:
†ARH 1000 Understanding Visual Art - 3 cr.
†DAN 2100 Introduction to Dance - 3 cr.
†HUM 2210 World Humanities: Prehistory to Early Modern Era - 3 cr.
†HUM 2410 Asian Humanities - 3 cr.
†HUM 2420 African Humanities - 3 cr.
†HUM 2461 Latin-American Humanities - 3 cr.
†LIT 2000 Introduction to Literature - 3 cr.
†MUL 1010 Introduction to Music - 3 cr.
†REL 2300 Introduction to Religion - 3 cr.
THE 1000 Introduction to Theatre Arts - 3 cr.
Common Course Prerequisites recommended by the State for successful transfer to the university are marked by an asterisk (*).
†Courses symbolized by a dagger (†) are offered online in addition to the traditional delivery method. Online availability may vary by academic term.