Philosophy

Study philosophy and see life from every angle.

Make Socrates, Hegel, and Descartes your teachers. As a student in MCC's Philosophy A.A. degree program you'll discover how this ancient discipline touches every aspect of modern life. Along the way, you'll build a strong foundation for studies at a four-year college or university, leading to lifelong exploration and finding your place in a wide range of professional fields including:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Creative Arts (music, writing, acting, etc))
  • Government Service
  • Human Resources
  • International Business
  • Clergy

Some notable philosophy majors include civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., rapper Dessa, composer Philip Glass, comedian Stephen Colbert, and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Build a strong foundation at MCC. Transfer to the bachelor’s degree program of your choice.

The Philosophy associate degree program provides an overview of philosophical thought through the ages. Your courses will balance humanities with introductory philosophy courses that let you delve into questions and topics surrounding religious meaning, the existence of God, and ethics. You'll graduate prepared for transfer to related bachelor's degree programs in the humanities, at excellent colleges and universities like these:

  • SUNY

    • Brockport
    • Geneseo
    • Fredonia
    • University at Buffalo
    • Buffalo State
    • Stony Brook

  • University of Chicago
  • University of Rochester
  • Nazareth College of Rochester
  • St John Fisher College
  • Syracuse University

Get in touch with Monroe Community College's admissions office to learn more about the opportunities you can create with an associate degree in psychology. Contact us at (585) 292-2200 or admissions@monroecc.edu


PHILOSOPHY

A.A. Degree - Transfer Program

Department:Liberal Arts

School(s): Arts & Humanities

CIP Code: 51.0904
MCC Program Code: PH01
NYSED Code (BRI): 34488
NYSED Code (DCC): 34489

Description
The Philosophy degree program provides students with an introduction to philosophy as preparation for a variety of professions such as college level teaching, law, writing, and human resources management. The curriculum balances background in the humanities with introductory courses in philosophy. The Philosophy degree incorporates the cross-cultural study of religion with central philosophical questions of religious meaning, the existence of God, and ethics. The Philosophy capstone course, Democracy and Human Rights in Domestic and International Contexts, introduces students to problems of tolerance in a global society.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Identify important terms associated with the study of Western Humanities.
2. Describe central concepts associated with the Western Philosophical tradition.
3. Classify central philosophical positions associated with Western Philosophical tradition.
4. Explain relationships between central literary, artistic, philosophical, and architectural works of Western culture.
5. Generate arguments and explanations in philosophy or cultural theory in the study of Western Humanities.
6. Classify concepts of citizenship in the Western Humanities and in a global society.
7. Explain the significance of central philosophical and political ideas of Western Humanities in a global society.

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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC. Placement into ENG 101 or ENG 200.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 - 16 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
HMN 101 Humanities: Experiencing Culture - WR3
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics or higher3-4
ELECTIVE3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - FOREIGN LANGUAGE ELECTIVE*3
Total15-16
SECOND SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - FOREIGN LANGUAGE ELECTIVE* 3
HMN 220 Western Humanities I 4
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 2
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE4
Total16
THIRD SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
MATHEMATICS or NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology 3
PHL 103 Introduction to Ethics OR PHL 105 Technology and Values 3
HMN 221 Western Humanities II4
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
Total16
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
PHL 102 Introduction to Logic3
PHL 210 Human Rights & Democracy in Domestic and International Contexts 3
ART 121 Perspectives of Art History III: Non-Western Art OR HIS 153 Traditional East Asian History OR HIS 154 Modern East Asian History 3
PHL 250 Professional Ethics 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY *** 3
Total 15
TOTAL MINIMUM CREDITS62-63

* Two courses in a sequence in the same foreign language

***If below 85 on U.S. History Regents Exam, choose from HIS 111, HIS 112. If 85 or above on U.S. History Regents Exam, choose from: HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 200, HIS 211, HIS 240, HSM 103, POS 102
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