Philosophy, AA

The Associate of Arts, Philosophy is primarily for the student who plans to transfer with junior standing to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree. The Philosophy degree is intended to adequately prepare the transfer student who plans to obtain a B.A. in Philosophy.


Students completing the degree will:

  • Describe major historical developments in Western philosophy.
  • Identify major philosophical figures and define their contributions to the history and the development of philosophical thought.
  • Explain ethical theory.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Social Science3
Additional College Requirements
PHIL 210World Religions 23
Foreign Language0-14
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Degree Requirements
PHIL 114Introduction to Symbolic Logic3
PHIL 135Introduction to Ethics3
PHIL 211Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 213Introduction to Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 224Introduction to the Philosophy of Science3
Elective Requirements
Select electives from the following or see an advisor to choose courses that fulfill UNR's breadth requirement:1-18
Introduction to the Old Testament
Introduction to Metaphysics
The Judeo-Christian Tradition
Philosophy Goes to the Movies
Introduction to Existentialism
Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy
Introduction to Indian Philosophy
Topical Issues in Philosophy
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 the additional 3 required units will become elective units.


Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International Students
Foreign Language 5 4
Mathematics 3 3
PHIL 210 World Religions 3
PHIL 211 Introduction to Ancient Philosophy 3
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International Students
Fine Arts 3 3
Foreign Language 5 4
PHIL 213 Introduction to Modern Philosophy 3
Science 3 3
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
Foreign Language 5 3
Humanities 3 3
PHIL 114 Introduction to Symbolic Logic 3
Science 3 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Elective 4 1
Foreign Language 5 3
PHIL 135 Introduction to Ethics 3
PHIL 224 Introduction to the Philosophy of Science 3
Social Science 3 3
 Semester Total13
 Total Units60