Porterville College


Associate in Arts for Transfer AA-T

Philosophy is the study of fundamental questions related to human experience. What is the good life? What is knowledge and truth? What is the nature of reality? Does God exist? With its emphasis on logical reasoning, philosophy provides insights into how to understand the various meanings of these questions and ways to answer them with applications to everyday life.

The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer program prepares students to continue studies toward a bachelors of arts in philosophy. Successful completion of the Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer guarantees the student acceptance to a California State University (but does not guarantee acceptance to particular campus or major) to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

With its emphasis on developing strong analytical and logical reasoning skills, a philosophy degree serves as outstanding preparation for law school, graduate school, business school, and medical school. Career opportunities with a Philosophy Baccalaureate degree include a broad range of fields such as business, education, ethics, government, law, management, publishing, religious service, scientific research, social work, and teaching.

Program Learning Outcomes: Students will develop the expertise to evaluate a variety of arguments with respect to validity, strength, soundness, and cogency; students will develop the expertise to discuss philosophical issues in their historical context; students will develop the expertise to formulate the core questions of philosophy and analyze and evaluate philosophical claims; students will develop the expertise to apply moral theories to a variety of moral issues; and students will develop the expertise to articulate and defend a philosophical worldview relevant to their own lives.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to earn the Associate in Arts in Studio Art for Transfer degree:

  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:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.
    2. 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.

Students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.

Core Courses: 2 courses (6 units)
PHIL P107 - Introduction to Logic 3 units
Choose 1 course from the following:
PHIL P106 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 units
PHIL P110 - Introduction to Ethics 3 units
List A: Select 1 course (3 units)
Select any course not selected from Core Courses 3 units
PHIL P109 - Existence and Reality 3 units
List B: Select 2 courses (6 units)
Any course not selected from List A 3 units
HIST P104 - History of Western Civilization I 3 units
HIST P105 - History of Western Civilization II 3 units
PHIL P108 - Introduction to Philosophy of Religion 3 units
List C: Select 1 course (3 units)
Any course not selected from List A or B 3 units
HIST P121 - History of East Asia 3 units
PHIL P112 - The Ethics of Living and Dying 3 units
  Total Overall Units 60 units

AA-T/AS-T Degrees

Students are not required to complete additional campus course graduation requirements.

Effective Fall 2014

JSC Job Skills Certificate
CA Certificate of Achievement
AA Associate in Arts Degree
AS Associate in Science Degree
AA-T Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
AS-T Associate in Science for Transfer Degree
Kern Community College District