A.A. - Transfer Degree

The study of philosophy has, as it's primary aim, the cultivation of wisdom and understanding regarding the most basic and foundational elements of human experience (e.g., the nature and structure of reality, knowledge, and values), pursued through the application of rational argument and critical thinking. This program constitutes an excellent liberal arts foundation for students planning to pursue university studies in philosophy, law, education, communications, science, and art, among others.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge and analytical skill in philosophy that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop basic critical thinking skills and grasp of the elementary principles of logic and argumentation.
  • Recognize the distinctive contributions made by major philosophers and philosophical traditions down through history.
  • Articulate the contents of their thinking and reasoning through written prose, with appropriate attention to and concern for the conventions and principles of composition and argumentative discourse.
  • Identify the basic parts of arguments (i.e., premises and conclusions) as well as to distinguish an argument from a non-argument (e.g., an assertion, explanation, disagreement etc.).
  • Recognize the differences between inductive and deductive argument forms.
  • Evaluate the soundness/cogency of an argument by looking for problems of ambiguity, false premises, faulty assumptions, and structural invalidity (both formal and informal).
  • Make connections between major philosophers and their particular writings and ideas.
  • Describe how the ideas of one philosopher were both influenced by and subsequently impactful on other thinkers.
  • Explain the unique contributions made by the major philosophers in the formation and development of the central branches of philosophical study (i.e., logic, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, etc).
  • Construct and advance, in writing, an original thesis, defining and clarifying key terminology, as well as providing true evidence that supports the thesis and renders it plausible.
  • Anticipate and respond to potential objections to one’s thesis, as well as explain why alternative views are questionable and implausible.
  • Obey conventional rules of grammar, syntax, and spelling, in addition to conforming one’s writing to a consistent set of style guidelines, citing any and all sources, and having a clear and logical arrangement of ideas.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

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Program Requirements Based on Fall/Spring rotation.   (AGEC-A certificate also included)

First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 101 
ENG 107
Freshman Composition I 3 GE-Composition
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3 Major Requirement
PHI 103 Introduction to Logic 3 Major Requirement
HIS 240 Western Civilization 1 (recommended) GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
SSC 101 Student Success Course 1 General Elective
ARTS Choose one course from ARTS 3 GE-Arts


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 102 
ENG 108
Freshman Composition II 3 GE-Composition
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics 3 Major Requirement
MAT 142 College Mathematics 3 GE-Mathematics
HIS 241 Western Civilization 2 (recommended) 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
Physical & Biological Choose one course from Physical & Biological Sciences 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Third Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
PHI elective Choose a 200-level Philosophy course 3 Departmental Requirement
POS 100 Introduction to Politics (recommended) 3 GE-Additional Course
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (recommended) 3 General Elective
SPC 110 Introduction to Speech Communication (recommended) 3 GE-Additonal Course
Physical & Biological Choose one course from Physical & Biological Sciences 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciencees


  • If transferring, apply to universities

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Fourth Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
PHI elective Choose a 200-level Philosophy course 3 Departmental Requirement
REL 201 Comparative World Religions (recommended) 3 General Elective
POS 140 Introduction to Comparative Politics (recommended) 3 General Elective
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (recommended) 3 General Elective
MAT 270 Applied Statistics (recommended) 4 General Elective


Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  
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Transfer Information

Arizona State University  BA Philosophy (multiple program options) depends on program
Northern Arizona University BA Philosophy (multiple program options) 4th Semester Proficiency
University of Arizona  BA Philosophy (multiple program options) 4th Semester Proficiency

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information and tools on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Need help with transferring?  The AWC Transfer Services office can provide you with individualized help to explore degree pathways and specific university requirements.  Visit their website or schedule an appointment with a transfer specialist.