Philosophy Focus

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Philosophy Focus

About The Program

The field of philosophy focuses on methods and systems of reasoning, critical examination of philosophic answers to questions of values and obligations, and justification of ethical beliefs. Begin studies for transfer to a baccalaureate institution to complete an advanced degree. Possible career fields include research, consulting and education.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Recommended Electives

PHIL& 101 Intro to Philosophy 5
PHIL 120 Critical Reasoning 5
PHIL 210 Ethics 5
PHIL 260 Philosophy of Religion 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
SOC& 101 Intro to Sociology 5

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Minimum transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skill area.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):

  • Communication: Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking: Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations: Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy: Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):

  • Diversity: Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities: Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science: Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science: Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena.

Area of study outcomes:

  • Ability to understand and restate accurately in different words positions or arguments with which are initially disagreed upon or which are entirely new.
  • The skill to temporarily detach or remain neutral to discern strengths and weaknesses in different positions.
  • Awareness of the importance of holding coherent and integrated views.
  • Independence of thought through which responsibility is taken for understanding and evaluating ideas in careful, responsible ways.
  • Ability to reflect upon own views and consider whether other positions are stronger.

Revised June 2024 (Effective Summer 2024)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements. Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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