Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer (AA-T)

Division: Social Sciences

Students completing the Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer (AA-T) degree will be able to seamlessly transfer in the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Philosophy. Students completing the Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer (AA-T) degree will have an introductory foundation in the field of philosophy through the study of logic, ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology. Students will acquire skills in philosophical and critical thinking—including articulating complex ideas, interpreting primary texts, and analyzing arguments.

Program Outcomes

  • Clearly articulate complex ideas, interpret primary texts, and recognize logical implications of philosophical claims.
  • Analyze ordinary language claims to determine whether they are true and whether they are supported by valid deductive reasoning or strong inductive reasoning.

Transfer & Career Opportunities

This Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer (AA-T) degree is intended to meet the lower division requirements for Philosophy for all CSU campuses. Students planning to transfer to institutions other than the CSU are encouraged to consult and a COS counselor for program planning and course selection. Most common career opportunities with a baccalaureate degree include: any position that requires critical and abstract thinking including law, education, journalism, civil service, public relations, non-profit work, ministry, business management and the arts.

Program Requirements 

Select one of the following General Education patterns:
California State University General Education (CSU GE) *
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU) **
HIST 004History of Western Civilization to 16483
HIST 005Western Civilization Since 16483
PHIL 001Introductory Philosophy3
PHIL 005Introduction to Ethics3
PHIL 020Introductory Logic3
Select three units from the following courses:
ENGL 044World Literature 13
HIST 017People of the US to 18773
HIST 025World History to 15003
PHIL 012Comparative Religion3
Select additional courses to achieve 60 units.

Course(s) meets General Education requirement and 15-18 units may be double counted above in 1A (CSU GE). 


12 units may be double counted above in 1B (IGETC-CSU). GETC-CSU requires completion of IGETC AREA 1C.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer requirements include completion of the 60 unit program defined above with at least 12 units taken in residence at College of the Sequoias with a "C" (2.0) average and a "C" or better grade in all required major and unrestricted electives courses (see Transfer Information and Requirements for additional details).