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Philosophy Emphasis (AA) - 60 credits

WHAT EXACTLY IS PHILOSOPHY?

Philosophy is the academic discipline that exercises reason and logic in an attempt to understand reality and answer fundamental questions about knowledge, life, morality and human nature.

WHY STUDY PHILOSOPHY?

Many students take Philosophy courses to develop personal skills, because of an interest in ethics/ideas/reasoning, or for career enhancement.

Other students take philosophy courses to fulfill requirements for a two-year Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree.

Strong emphasis is placed on comparative philosophies and religions, applied to ethics and symbolic logic.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH AN PHILOSOPHY DEGREE?

Careers related to this major include law, religious vocations and environmental sciences.

In addition, many students majoring in philosophy are well prepared for graduate programs in a variety of fields.

Careers in Philosophy

Types of Jobs

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Individuals who study philosophy often work in the following profession

  • College Mathematical Science Teachers
  • College Philosophy and Religion Teachers
  • Mathematicians
  • Natural Sciences Managers

 

Skills Acquired

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Philosophy programs include topics such as:

  • Logic
  • Ethics
  • Aesthetics
  • Metaphysics
  • History of philosophy

Degrees & Certificates in Philosophy

Students seeking an Associate of Arts Degree with Emphasis in Philosophy must successfully complete the AA requirements and the specific emphasis requirements. Emphasis requirements may also be used to satisfy the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Goal requirements.

The Philosophy Department offers a complete selection of lower division courses for a major in philosophy as well as related areas such as religion or humanities.

Careers related to this major include law, religious vocations and environmental sciences. In addition, many students majoring in philosophy are well prepared for graduate programs in a variety of fields.  

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The Associate of Arts Degree with Emphasis in Philosophy provides students with the opportunity to reflect on the most fundamental questions that concern human beings.  Through careful study of major figures and traditions within philosophy, courses in this program will help students develop skills for reasoning and critical analysis, and encourage imagination, intellectual curiosity and rigor, personal reflection, and civic engagement.

Since the study of philosophy cultivates intellectual curiosity and imagination, and draws upon all areas of human endeavor, students who complete the emphasis will be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution in pursuit of many different majors. Philosophy majors are prepared for a wide variety of careers, including law, journalism, business-technology, and government and politics.  Philosophy courses satisfy 6 of the 10 goals in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

Required Courses

Incorporate the following Required Courses into the General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or Additional Course Requirements sections below.

Complete two of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 1102 Logic 3
PHIL 1103 Ethics 3

Complete one of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
PHIL 1140 Environmental Ethics 3
PHIL 1150 Introduction to World Religions 3
PHIL 1160 Philosophy of Art 3
PHIL 1170 Business Ethics 3
PHIL 1180 Biomedical Ethics 3

General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)- 40 Credits

*See MnTC Curriculum for specific course options

GOAL 1: COMMUNICATION - 2 COURSES 

GOAL 2: CRITICAL THINKING
(met by completion of all 40 credits of the MnTC)

GOAL 3: NATURAL SCIENCES - 2 COURSES (Select from two different departments; at least one must include a lab) 

  • Course #1 
  • Course #2 

GOAL 4: MATHEMATICAL/LOGICAL REASONING - 1 COURSE

GOAL 5: HISTORY AND SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES -
2 COURSES (Select from two different departments)

  • Course #1
  • Course #2 

GOAL 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS- 2 COURSES
(Select from two different departments

GOAL 7: HUMAN DIVERSITY - 1 COURSE

  • Course 

GOAL 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE - 1 COURSE 

GOAL 9: ETHICAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY - 1 COURSE 

GOAL 10: PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT - 1 COURSE 

Additional Course Requirements

  • One Health (HLTH) course.
  • One Exercise Science (EXSC) course.
  • Elective credits - additional course(s) numbered 1000 and above, if needed to complete the 60 credit requirement

 

Other Degree Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the MnTC
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.