Philosophy

The philosophy area of study is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university for completion of a baccalaureate degree. Students concentrate on building a strong foundation in philosophy, writing, and critical thinking. The philosophy area of study is designed for students who have as educational goals: (1) teaching at the college or university level; (2) pre-professional majors, especially law; (3) undecided college transfer plans; (4) self-improvement in the areas of reading, writing, critical thinking, and problem solving; (5) students who are deeply curious and strongly motivated by questions of life, death, God, meaning, purpose, value, and the nature of reality.

Degree

Associate in Arts (Transfer Program)
Total Credit Hours: 60

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
ENGL 111 COMPOSITION II   3
COMM 110 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY  3
SOCIAL SCIENCE *** 9
MATHEMATICS * 3
LIFE SCIENCE/PHYSICAL SCIENCE * 7
PHIL 110 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY  3
PHIL 111 LOGIC  3
FINE ARTS * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ELEMENTARY FOREIGN LANGUAGE I  4
ELEMENTARY FOREIGN LANGUAGE II  4
PHIL 112 COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS  3
PHIL 115 ETHICS  3
PHIL 116 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION  3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE *** 6

* See specific requirements for Associate in Arts Degree.
** Recommended Social Sciences are HIST 117, PSY 110 and SOC 110.
*** Recommended Humanities electives include Intermediate Foreign Language II, or HUMAN 125, and any INTST course.

Students enrolled in the Associate in Arts degree program must meet with their assigned academic advisor to plan a specific course schedule meeting Illinois Central College and personal requirements in addition to requirements for the institution to which transfer is intended.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1ENGL 110; PHIL 110; Social Science; Life Science; Elementary Foreign Language I
Spring Semester 1ENGL 111; PHIL 111; Social Science; Physical Science; Elementary Foreign Language II
Fall Semester 2COMM 110; PHIL 112; Social Science; Mathematics; Humanities Elective
Spring Semester 2PHIL 115; PHIL 116; Fine Arts; Humanities Elective

Program Contact Information

Department of English, Humanities and Language Studies
Room 314C
(309) 694-5342

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Teaching/Training