Philosophy, Humanities and Social Sciences Area of Concentration, Associate of Arts

This area of concentration is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Philosophy. Beyond the General Education requirements and other degree, program, and elective requirements, this concentration should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. Students should consult with an advisor for information about specific requirements.

Because four-year institutions vary widely in their requirements, it is strongly recommended that students who wish to pursue studies in Philosophy speak with an advisor from the Counseling and Advising Center and the Philosophy department head before registering for courses. The sequence of courses should be adjusted to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this area of concentration, students will be able to:

  1. explain and demonstrate how critical analysis is an essential part of philosophizing;
  2. show an awareness of the influence that cultural and social orientations have on the development and acceptance/rejection of various philosophical theories;
  3. explain the importance and relevance of rationally and constructively questioning basic beliefs and assumptions;
  4. speak and write clearly about philosophical issues;
  5. identify the major subdivisions within the discipline of philosophy;
  6. identify core ideas of some of the famous and influential philosophers; and
  7. distinguish between subjective opinions and justified philosophical claims.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences 3 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Social and Behavioral Sciences (SOCL 101 or SOCL 102 recommended) 3 Credit(s). 
  • Program Elective - (PHIL 290 strongly recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Program Electives - (History or Literature courses recommended) 6 Credit(s). 

Important Information

Short Description

In Philosophy, students study the greatest thinkers in human history and learn to question all assumptions and to think objectively in the pursuit of truth. By studying the ideas of great philosophers, students will develop the skills required to analyze competing positions and advance cogent arguments. The goal of all philosophy instruction at CCBC is to improve the lives of students by making them more effective critical thinkers and more compassionate decision makers.

Type of Credential

Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Humanities and Social Sciences
Area of Concentration – Philosophy

Program Code

A 240

Contacts and Additional Information

Interim Program Coordinator:

Michael B. Wilson
CCBC-Catonsville - HUMN 011B
443-840-4140 or

Additional Information:


Courses Needed for this Area of Concentration*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 34-36 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses. One course must be a Diversity course. 

Students must have at least 60 credits for an associate degree. Students who choose to take 3 credits of Mathematics and 7 credits of Biological and Physical Sciences, rather than 4 and 8, may need to take an additional class in order to reach at least 60 credits.


  • Biological and Physical Sciences (at least one course must have a lab) 7-8 Credits.
  • Information Technology 3 Credits.
  • Mathematics (MATH 125 recommended) 3-4 Credits.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (SOCL 101 or SOCL 102 recommended) 3 Credits.
  • Wellness and Health 3 Credits.

Concentration Requirements and Electives - 24-26 Credits

Required Courses:
Two-Semester Sequence
Critical Thinking
Program Electives:

Select 18-23 credits from the following list of electives to attain 60 credits for the degree.  A student's selection of General Education electives will determine the total elective credits required to reach 60 credits. Additional courses beyond those listed below may be used to complete the degree requirements with the approval of the Program Coordinator/Academic Dean.  Electives should be chosen based on requirements of the transfer institution.


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

** These courses may also be used as General Education Electives. HIST 101 and HIST 102 are in the Social and Behavioral Sciences category. PHIL 101 , PHIL 103, and PHIL 240 are in the Arts and Humanities category.