Associate in Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement - AA-DTA Pathway for Philosophy
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Philosophers seek meaning beyond surface facts. Rather than filling the mind with information, philosophy encourages students to think actively and critically. These skills are useful in a broad range of higher academic programs and professional fields, including leadership positions. Studying philosophy is also beneficial to an individual’s personal development, helping them to become more aware and enlightened citizens. Philosophers ask questions that all humans must ponder. Learning about their thoughts and reasoning can help us to understand ourselves better, other people, and the world we live in.
Students study several philosophers, ideas, and schools of thought. They learn to think critically and respond thoughtfully to various topics and questions. It is an excellent course of study for inquisitive individuals who often question the meaning behind their thoughts and actions and those of others. Many philosopher’s questions address what it means to be human, and what an individual’s place is in the community, the world, and the grand scheme of things.
Students can take philosophy courses in preparation to transfer to a four-year college or university, or for personal or professional enrichment. It is beneficial for those who wish to earn their two-year degree and enter the workforce upon graduation.
An education in philosophy provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge, writing, and critical thinking skills which may be applied to a broad assortment of careers.
A few professions in which philosophy students may succeed are:
AA-DTA Program Learning Outcomes
Communication Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Create, organize, present, and adapt effective verbal and nonverbal messages to diverse audiences in diverse contexts
2. Explain the active listening process and the skills necessary to understand verbal and nonverbal information
3. Demonstrate the ability to critically think: summarize, interpret, and evaluate written discourse
4. Write clear, well-focused and well-organized papers using documentation
5. Select and integrate textual evidence within academic essays
6. Create expository essays using traditional academic forms and standards
7. Appropriately use college-level language skills, i.e., grammar and punctuation
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Recognize a problem and identify the information required to solve it
2. Develop and apply appropriate algebraic models (e.g. numerical, graphical and symbolic) to obtain a solution to the problem
3. Explain the process of reasoning used to arrive at the solution
Humanities Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate, in writing or verbally, awareness that different contexts and/or world views produce different human creations
2. Identify and explain diverse cultural customs, beliefs, traditions, and lifestyles
3. Identify ideologies, practices and contributions that persons of diverse backgrounds bring to our multicultural world
4. Use evidence or sound reasoning to justify a position
Social Sciences Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Describe the methods used for conducting research within the various disciplines of the social sciences
2. Evaluate the credibility of information regarding topics within the social sciences and differentiate between information derived from empirical sources and information derived from opinion, folklore, and/or emotions
3. Identify the impact of social, cultural, historical, political, geographical, and/or religious factors on behavior
4. Express increased engagement and confidence in the ability to apply course material for the purpose of improving self, relationships, community, society, and/or the world
Math and Science Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Select, use, or develop an appropriate model including numerical, graphical, or symbolic representations
2. Use evidence or sound reasoning to justify a position or draw conclusions using appropriate terminology and symbolism
3. Demonstrate laboratory skills including making qualitative and quantitative observations about natural systems
4. Ascertain and critically evaluate the interrelationships within complex systems
Health Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Our students will be able to develop an appreciation of physical activity as a lifelong pursuit and means to better health.
2. Our students will be able to recognize the physical and mental benefits of increased activity.
3. Our students will be able to examine the effects of nutrition, rest and other lifestyle factors that contribute to better health.
4. Our students will be able to demonstrate motor skill performance of various physical activities.
5. Our students will be able to define the various health components of fitness and determine the lifestyle factors for development of physical fitness and training strategies.
6. Our students will be able to identify common health and fitness myths and trends involved with the evolving nature of physical education.
7. Our students will be able to utilize physical activity as a tool to manage stress.
Associate in Arts (AA) is the community college degree designed to transfer to most bachelor's of arts degrees at all public and many private Washington four-year institutions. A candidate for the AA-DTA degree must complete 90 quarter credits in academic courses numbered 100 and above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and meet specific distribution requirements.
Math placement is required for this program. If your math placement is below PHIL& 120, you’ll need to take the following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 48 → MATH 87 → MATH 88 → PHIL& 120
English placement is required for this program. If your English placement is below ENGL& 101, you’ll need to take following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 36 → AE 46 and 47 (taken together) → AE 67 → ENGL 99 → ENGL& 101 → ENGL& 102
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Associate in Arts
Total Program Credits: 93
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