Program Overview

The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer (AA-T) from Skyline College prepares students for transfer into the CSU system to obtain a degree in Philosophy or a related major. Philosophy degrees are often preparation for post-graduate studies in Philosophy, Law, and other disciplines. The study of Philosophy develops a well-rounded appreciation of the history of ideas and the rich tapestry of intellectual traditions from various cultures, and it provides excellent training in argument analysis and critical thinking.

The Associate in Arts degree for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in Philosophy or a related discipline at a CSU campus. Students completing the AA-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree. This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or university or a college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a Skyline College counselor for further information on university admissions and transfer requirements.

Program Requirements

Required Core: 3 units Units
PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy May be taken as PHIL 100 Honors 3 units
OR
PHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics May be taken as PHIL 240 Honors 3 units
Required Core: 3 units Units
PHIL 103 Critical Thinking Students are advised that most transfer institutions will require Symbolic Logic (PHIL 200) for the major. 3 units
OR
PHIL 200 Introduction to Logic Students are advised that most transfer institutions will require Symbolic Logic (PHIL 200) for the major. 3 units
List A: 3 units - Select one of the following or any course from the required Core not already chosen: Units
PHIL 160 History of Western Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval 3 units
OR
PHIL 175 History of Western Philosophy: 16th – 18th Century 3 units
List B: 6 units - Select two courses from the following or from list A or the required Core not already chosen: Units
PHIL 312 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion 3 units
PHIL 320 Asian Philosophy 3 units
HIST 100 History of Western Civilization I 3 units
HIST 101 History of Western Civilization II 3 units
List C: 3 units - select one of the following or any course from List A or B not already chosen Units
PHIL 280 Introduction to Political Philosophy 3 units
OR
PLSC 280 Introduction to Political Philosophy 3 units
PHIL 300 Intro to World Religions 3 units
Total Required Major Units: 18

General Education - certified completion of one of the following:

  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth),
  • OR
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC/CSU) pattern

Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

Up to a total of 9 to 12 major course units may be double counted to apply to meet general education requirements. This degree does not require the Skyline College Associate Degree requirements.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.