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Philosophy concerns the study of fundamental questions that arise in different areas of human experience, thought, or practice. Philosophy is the basis of a sound humanistic or liberal arts education. The Philosophy program aims to make this natural activity of thought both richer and more systematic. Courses are offered which provide opportunities for self development and the building of a coherent outlook and critical reason. In addition, the lower division prerequisites for a four-year philosophy major are offered.

TRANSFER MAJOR REQUIREMENTS in Philosophy are available in the Counseling Center. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.

Philosophy for Transfer

AA-T Degree

Philosophy is a broadly based discipline that examines the fundamental questions that arise in disparate areas of human experience. Courses are both historically and topically organized and emphasize the analysis of primary sources, the importance of critical thinking, the relationship between conclusions, justifications and logic. By developing reasoning skills, students will strengthen clarity of language usage, fortify argumentation skills and master the language and topics of the discipline of philosophy.

The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Students completing the Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree and meeting the CSU minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 units to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To earn the Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0, including:

  • completion of the major requirements with grades of C or better; and
  • certified completion of either the California State University General Education Breadth pattern, or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum.

It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.


A.A. Degree

A degree in Philosophy can be a great start to any new career. The Philosophy Department meets all transfer requirements, as well as offering general education courses for non-philosophy majors. You will become familiar with the major subdivisions of Philosophy, as well as become a better critical thinker and a well-rounded person. Along with the general scholastic skills you acquire, you’ll be ready for careers such as teaching and psychology.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Critical Thinking: Read and critique philosophical texts.
  • Language of Philosophy: Apply the disciplinary language of philosophy to philosophical issues.
  • Philosophical Problems: Describe and analyze core philosophical problems, their metaphysical presuppositions and practical consequences.
  • Philosophical Writing: Craft a clear, coherent, and cogent philosophical essay.


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  • V 111B
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Fall and Spring M-Th: 8:00am - 5:30pm
    F: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Vernon Martin Department Chair, Instructor - Humanities and Philosophy

  • V 111 B
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Edward Haven Part-time Instructor, Philosophy

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Alistair Moles Part-time Instructor, Philosophy

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Johnnie Terry Instructor, Philosophy / Humanities; LGBT Studies

  • Mt 8
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Albert Cinelli Part-time Instructor, Philosophy, Humanities

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Kristopher Hansen Part-time Instructor, Tahoe/Truckee Campus, Philosophy

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