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Catalog 2015-16 
Catalog 2015-16 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, Humanities and Social Sciences Transfer Pattern

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Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Humanities and Social Sciences
Transfer Pattern – Philosophy

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education courses .

Fall Semester Year 1*

Spring Semester Year 1

Fall Semester Year 2

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences with lab 4 Credits.
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits.
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Wellness and Health 3 Credits.
  • Program Elective (PHIL 131  recommended) 3 Credits.
  • Program or Other Elective up to 3 Credits.

Spring Semester Year 2

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences 3 Credits.
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Information Technology 3 Credits.
  • Program Elective  3 Credits.
  • Program Elective (PHIL 170 3 Credits.
  • Program Elective (PHIL 290 3-4 Credits.

General Education Requirements and Electives - 34-36 Credits

General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education courses . One course must be a Diversity course. 

Students must have at least 60 credits for an associate degree. Students who choose to take 3 credits of Mathematics and 7 credits of Biological and Physical Sciences, rather than 4 and 8, may need to take an additional class in order to reach at least 60 credits.


  • Biological and Physical Sciences (at least one course must have a lab) 7-8 Credits.
  • Information Technology 3 Credits.
  • Mathematics (MATH 125  recommended) 3-4 Credits.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 Credits.
  • Wellness and Health 3 Credits.

Program Requirements and Electives - 24-27 Credits

Program Requirements:

Program Electives:

Select 12-15 credits.

Students may select electives that are not on the recommended list below, beyond the 12 credits. Electives should be selected based on transfer institution requirements.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60 min.*


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed college coursework at other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101  in the first semester at CCBC. This is a 1-credit class, and it does not count towards the number of credits required for a degree or certificate. Students are required to provide an official transcript(s) to document successful completion of college coursework at another institution(s) for this requirement to be waived.

** These courses may also be used as General Education Electives.

Depending on the General Education electives completed, more than 15 credits of Electives may be needed in order to reach a minimum of 60 credits for the degree.

Transfer Pattern Description

This degree pattern is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Philosophy. Beyond the General Education requirements and other degree, program, and elective requirements, this pattern should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. Students should consult with an advisor for information about specific requirements.

Because four-year institutions vary widely in their requirements, it is strongly recommended that students who wish to pursue studies in Philosophy speak with an advisor from the Counseling and Advising Center and the Philosophy department head before registering for courses. This sequence of courses should be adjusted to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

Transfer Pattern Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this transfer pattern, students will be able to:

  1. explain and demonstrate how critical analysis is an essential part of philosophizing;
  2. show an awareness of the influence that cultural and social orientations have on the development and acceptance/rejection of various philosophical theories;
  3. explain the importance and relevance of rationally and constructively questioning basic beliefs and assumptions;
  4. speak and write clearly about philosophical issues;
  5. identify the major subdivisions within the discipline of philosophy;
  6. identify core ideas of some of the famous and influential philosophers; and
  7. distinguish between subjective opinions and justified philosophical claims.

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