Associate of Arts Degree with Designation

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Philosophy, literally translated from the Greek language, means 'love of wisdom'. Philosophers study matters such as life, understanding, reality, knowledge, values, reason, mind and language. As a Philosophy student you will learn to think critically, analyze information, speak and write in a clear, articulate and incisive manner, apply ethical reasoning to decision-making scenarios, view problems from multiple viewpoints and consider different modes of reasoning. The Associate of Arts degree with designation in Philosophy includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado and will prepare you for continued study at a four-year college/university in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Philosophy. With a degree in Philosophy you may be employed in one of the following career areas: public/social/civil service, legal practice, government, medical/general ethics, journalism, public relations, grant writing, technical writing, advertising, marketing, theology, business or education.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2





ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2


ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3





HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3



Three (3) credit hours

  • GT - One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1) prefer MAT 120

Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (AH1, AH2, AH4)


Three (3) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (HI1)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses (SS1, SS2, SS3)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) crcredit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (SC1, SC2). One of these courses must have the required laboratory (SC1).

Additional Required Courses

Fifteen (15) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

PHI 111

Introduction to Philosophy: AH3


PHI 112

Ethics: AH3


PHI 113

Logic: AH3


Choose two (2) courses from the following:

PHI 214

Philosophy of Religion: AH3


PHI 218

Environmental Ethics: AH3


PHI 220*

Death & Dying: AH3



Fourteen (14) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list.

Suggested Courses

AST 102

Stellar Astronomy w/Lab: SC1


COM 125

Interpersonal Communication





COM 220

Intercultural Communication: SS3


HUM 121

Early Civilization: AH2


PHI 114

Comparative Religions: AH3


POS 105

Introduction to Political Science: SS1


Total Credit Hours


Additional information available on the Philosophy Department website at