Philosophy

Humanities

Identify, clarify, and assess the fundamental assumptions and concepts of our thinking and learn to assess arguments, using the procedures and standards of deductive and inductive Logic.

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Courses in the philosophy program begin with conceptual analysis and the assessment of arguments. Students will be introduced to fundamental issues concerning existence, knowledge, ethics, and the history of ideas, from Ancient Greece to the present.

Program Length

Two Years

Transfer Options

This program will prepare students to continue studying in the humanities and social sciences by developing critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, especially conceptual analysis and the assessment of arguments about difficult philosophical problems. Philosophy, as taught at IVC, is critical-thinking-based.

Program Specific Support

Students may utilize the Student Success Center for tutoring and enroll in WR385: Writing Conference, a course specifically designed to assist students with reading and writing in humanities courses.

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Transfer Options, Degrees and/or Certificates

Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan.  Some UC majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH 10*Statistics Course2A3
PHIL 3Introduction to LogicMajor3
Social and Behavior Sciences*Social and Behavior Sciences GE Course43
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 2College Writing 2 - Critical Thinking 1B4
PHIL 2Introduction to Ethics3B & Major3
ArtsArts GE Course3A3
COMM 1Communication Fundalmentals1C3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
PHIL 10Ancient Philosophy (Fall Only)3B & Major3
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE Course5A3
Physical Science LabScience Lab GE Course5C1
Social and Behavior Sciences**Social and Behavior Sciences GE Course43
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
PHIL 5Political Philosophy3
PHIL 11Modern Philosophy (Spring Only)3B & Major3
Social and Behavior Sciences**Social and Behavior Sciences GE Course43
Biological ScienceBiological Science GE Course5B3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
  1. Students can take Math 10 or other math course that meets the UC transfer math requirement in IGETC GE Area 2A.
  2. Students are required to take courses from two different categories in IGETC GE Area 4. Please refer to the IGETC GE Pattern for details.
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Language Other than English requirement necessary to meet Full IGETC Certification.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 1A24
MATH 10* Introduction to StatisticsB43
PHIL 1 or PHIL 2Intro to Philosophy or Intro to EthicsC2 & Major3
Learning & Self DevLifelong Learning and Self Development GE CourseE1-3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
PHIL 3Introduction to LogicA33
ArtsArts GE Course C13
HIST 11The West And The World Since The Renaissance (Spring Only)C2 & Major3
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History CourseD3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
PHIL 10Ancient Philosophy (Fall Only)C2 & Major3
HIST 10Western Civilization (Fall Only)C2 & Major3
Life ScienceLife Science GE CourseB23
Social ScienceSocial Science GE CourseD3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
PHIL 11Modern Philosophy (Spring Only)C2 & Major3
PHIL 5 or ElectivePolitical Phiolsophy or Elective C2 & Major or Elective3
PS 1American GovernmentD3
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE CourseC1 or C23
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
Physical Science LABPhysical Science LabB31
  1. Students can take Math 10 or any other math course that meets the CSU math transfer requirement in CSU GE Area B4.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH Math GE Course23-5
PHIL 1 or PHIL 1Introduction to Philosophy6 & Major3
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course91
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 2College Writing 21C & Major4
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B3
PHIL 3Introduction to LogicMajor3
Fine ArtsFine Arts and Languages GE Course73
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
PHIL 10Ancient Philosophy (Fall Only)Major3
PHIL 2 or PHIL 5Ethics or Political PhilosophyMajor3
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course93
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
PHIL 11Modern Philosophy (Spring Only)Major3
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course43
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
Cultural DiversityCultural Diversity GE Course53
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  1. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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