Length of Program: 90 Credits Completion Award: A.A. Degree


Faculty and Advising Contacts


Paul Herrick

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Program Description
The 90 credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. Philosophy is also an excellent major for graduate studies in Law, Social Sciences, Religious Studies, Medicine, and Education.


Philosophy — What is it?
Philosophy (from the Greek words "philein" for love and "Sophia" for wisdom, literally “the love of wisdom”) may be defined as the attempt to answer extremely fundamental questions about reality on the basis of reasoning that is independent of unbacked myth, unexamined authority, or unquestioned tradition. Classic philosophical questions include, "Does God exist? Do human beings have free will? What is truth? What is social justice? What is the best life to live, all things considered?"


Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy?
With knowledge and skills in analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and constructing and critiquing arguments, philosophy majors are well prepared for work in a variety of careers, including teaching, law, journalism, research, counseling, clergy, social work, and public service.


Potential employers include:

Federal, State and Local Governments, Colleges and Universities, Churches or Synagogues, Religious Organizations, Hospitals, Health and Human Services, Law Firms, Public Advocacy Groups, Private Foundations, Non-Profit Organizations, Foreign Service, Businesses, Publishing Companies, Newspapers, Radio and TV Stations. For more, please visit Career Counseling.


Program Outcomes

Successful students of philosophy will:

  • Be adept at analyzing and carefully evaluating arguments on the basis of standards of good reasoning.

  • Be skilled at constructing and presenting good arguments of their own, no matter what the topic.

  • Be familiar with many of the “big ideas” that have influenced the course of history and will be able to articulate

    those with clarity and precision.

  • Have the general critical thinking skills needed to evaluate information and separate the factual from the bogus.


Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.