Philosophy, AA

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This major is designed for students who desire a deeper understanding of the ideas that orient our lives and world. Philosophy students learn to analyze ways of thinking, question foundational assumptions, cooperatively debate controversial topics, confidently define their values, and then turn those skills to creative problem solving.

Are You Interested In...

  • Thinking from different perspectives?
  • Questioning everything?
  • Spirited Debate?
  • Exploring ways of knowing across different cultures?
  • Solving Puzzles?
  • Working toward a more just society?
  • Creatively envisioning new futures?
  • Pursuing spiritual growth?
  • Defining your own meaning and purpose?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Critical thinking and logical argumentation
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Ethical analysis
  • Cooperative debate

What makes this major unique?

The Philosophy major is uniquely focused on supporting students’ growth as ethical thinkers through self-reflection, exploration of foundational ideas, and cooperative debate. Most students who major in Philosophy go on to 4-year schools to pursue a degree in Law, Psychology, Education, Marketing & Communications, or Philosophy. This is because the Philosophy major is an excellent foundation for pursuing any field or career with moral clarity, creativity, and rigor.


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Career Possibilities

Philosophy is foundational to every field, so it is a great place to begin your educational journey – no matter what your long term goals are. The degree is well-suited for students who plan to attend graduate or professional school.

Transfer Possibilities

  • Brooklyn College – BA in Philosophy
  • University of Pittsburgh – BA in Philosophy
  • BA in Philosophy
  • BA in Psychology
  • BA in Marketing & Communications
  • BA in Political Science
  • BA in Legal Studies
  • Seminary or other Religious leadership training program

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I – 3
  • (or ENA101 depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one course from the following:

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving (Depending on placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra (depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses:

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

Courses Credits
Liberal Arts: 3 Credits
First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Social Science and Humanities 3
Humanities: 3 Credits
Select one of the following courses
HUN190 Ethics and Society 3
HUN192 Art and Society 3
HUN195 Art in New York 3
Social Science: 3 Credits
Select one of the following courses
SSH103 Western Civilization from Ancient Times to the Renaissance 3
SSH104 Western Civilization from the Renaissance to Modern Times 3
SSH105 World History from Ancient Times to 1500 3
SSH106 World History from 1500 to the Present 3
Philosophy: Introduction to Philosophy 3
Philosophy: Landmarks in Philosophy 3
Philosophy: 15 Credits
Select five of the following courses
HUP102 Critical Thinking 3
HUP104 Ethics and Moral Issues 3
HUP105 Philosophy of Religion 3
HUP106 Social & Political Philosophy 3
HUP107 Philosophy of Art 3
HUP108 Environmental Ethics 3
HUP109 Philosophy of Law 3
HUP112 Logic and Philosophy 3
HUP114 Medical Ethics 3
HUP116 Latin American Philosophy 3
HUP117 Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy 3
HUP118 African Philosophy 3
HUP121 Eastern Philosophical Traditions 3
HUP122 Philosophy of Gender and Sex 3
HUP125 Introduction to Philosophy of Science 3
HUP215 Philosophy of Love 3
HUP221 Philosophy of Mind 3

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