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Catalog 2016-17 
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Philosophy, Humanities and Social Sciences Transfer Pattern

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Important Information

Short Description

In the philosophy program, students study the greatest thinkers in human history and learn to question all assumptions and to think objectively in the pursuit of truth. 
By studying the ideas of great philosophers, students will develop the skills required to analyze competing positions and advance cogent arguments. The goal of all philosophy instruction at CCBC is to improve the lives of students by making them more effective critical thinkers and more compassionate decision makers.

Type of Credential

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

Program Code

P 240

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Coordinator:

Sarah Morales
443-840-2085 or

Additional Information:


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 .

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

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

Semester 4

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences 3 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Information Technology 3 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).
  • Program Elective (PHIL 170  recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Program Elective (PHIL 290  recommended) 3 Credit(s).

Courses Needed for This Transfer Pattern*

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 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 transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College . This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 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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