2019-2020 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Dec 11, 2019  
2019-2020 Pierce College Catalog

Philosophy/Ethics (AA-DTA) Course Map


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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field and for transfer to a four-year institution. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career.  The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. If you want to change a course on this map you must speak with an advisor to assure you meet all degree requirements. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time.  While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)  Degree, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements.  Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Important note about transfer: colleges and universities may change their requirements at any time, so this map is not a guarantee of transfer. You will need to check transfer requirements with your intended four-year school. 

1. College Success


  • COLLG 110 College Success (3 credits)
  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.

2. Research Essentials


  • INFO 101 Research Essentials (2 credits)
  • Course purpose: This course will help you apply research skills and strategies needed to better access information, evaluate it for credibility, and apply it to philosophy and a variety of purposes in your life. 

3. English Composition I


  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: As a philosopher, you will need to read and write and understand a variety of different texts. Clear and strategic written communication with others is a central feature of all careers.

Action Item: Meet with Advisor


Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

4. Philosophy Course Recommendation


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Action Item: GPA Check


Check with an advisor to do a GPA check.

5. Math Course Recommendation


The math course you select will depend on the transfer institution you plan to attend and your math placement.  Your advisor will assist you in selecting the appropriate course(s).

Mathematics Course Distribution List   

6. English Composition II


7. Cultural Anthropology


8. Philosophy Course Recommendation


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9. Philosophy of Science


10. Natural Science Course Recommendation


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Action Item: Apply for Graduation


Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

11. Humanities Course Recommendation


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  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: Philosophers will always need public speaking skills to attend conferences, to teach classes, and would have practical applications for pre-law students.

  • ART 101 Design, Beginning (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: Philosophy students can take a variety of Humanities courses. This would be a good general choice for gaining an alternative perspective. Art would be of interest for a student who is interested in aesthetics.

  • HUM 215 World Cinema (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: Philosophy students can take a variety of Humanities courses. This would be a good general choice for gaining an alternative perspective. Art would be of interest for a student who is interested in the humanities.

12. Social Science Course Recommendation


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Action Item: Check in with Advisor


Check with advisor to confirm area of interest and to do a GPA check.

13. Humanities Course Recommendation


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14. Natural Science Course Recommendation


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  • ENVS& 100 Survey of Environmental Science (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: Environmental sciences are important to learn about if you are going to go into Bioethics; but these courses are good for any philosophy major, because issues about the environment influence anything philosophical. This course is for students interested in the more “science” side of environment.

  • ENVS 150 Environmental Issues (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: Environmental sciences are important to learn about if you are going to go into Bioethics; but these courses are good for any philosophy major, because issues about the environment influence anything philosophical. This course covers the environment within a more ethics-based framework.

  • ANTH& 205 Biological Anthropology (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: Biological Anthropology is good for any philosophy major. It is particularly pertinent for students concentrating in Bioethics.

  • ASTR& 100 Survey of Astronomy (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: A great non-lab option for philosophy majors interested in philosophy of science, and metaphysics.

  • MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: A great non-lab option for philosophy majors interested in philosophy of science, and metaphysics.

15. Philosophy Course Recommendation


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16. Natural Science Recommendation


Choose one course from 14, that you have not completed.

17. General Psychology


  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: Learning about how the human mind works in terms of decision-making and motivation will help philosophy students in ethics courses and metaphysical topics like the philosophy of mind and free will.

18. Philosophy Course Recommendation


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19. Ethic Thought and Culture


  • HUM 106 Ethnic Thought and Culture (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: This is a great course as it provides comparative perspectives of the world both in terms of the expression (art, literature, music) and the voice (ethnic identities). This will also be nice in conjunction with the PHIL 238 and/or PHIL& 230 course.

Total Credits: 90


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