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2015-2016 VSCC Catalog 
    
2015-2016 VSCC Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy - A.S.


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The Philosophy Associate of Science degree studies what the best minds have thought about the questions that are most important. Questions about what we know and how we know it, about what is real, true, and good, and about how to live well. To study philosophy is to enter into a dialogue about the nature of our existence, our place in the world and the universe, and what the possibilities and limits are of our ability to know these things. Primarily, philosophy is concerned with questions, the answers to which are not readily available from science, religion, or appeals to common sense. The Associate of Science degree is a two-year program for students planning to continue their education to earn a bachelor's degree in philosophy or related fields. Below are a few examples of possible careers for those with a degree in Philosophy and the associated salary information.

Transfer Options:
The University Parallel Degree program is designed for transfer to universities offering a Baccalaureate degree.  Contact your advisor for additional information.

General Education Requirements - Credits (41)


  • History Credits: (6)
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (at least one course in Literature) Credits: (9)
  • Natural Sciences Credits: (8)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences Credits: (6)

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)


Computer Literacy Requirement


See http://www.volstate.edu/ComputerLiteracy/ for Computer Literacy Requirements

Career and Salary Information


Career Beginning Salary with Bachelor Degree Experienced Salary with Bachelor Degree
Public Policy $50,500 $148,500
Teacher $32,400 $74,100
Minister $24,200 $72,800

Career and salary information taken from onetonline.org. Check out this website for additional information about education requirements and preferred work styles and abilities for these careers.  Salaries are not guaranteed.

Recommended Schedule


This is a recommended schedule.  Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

First Year - Fall Semester - Credits (15)


  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)


  • History (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (14)


  • History (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (Literature - See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Natural Sciences (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (4)
  • University Parallel Electives (Any non-asterisk course) Credits: (1)
  • University Parallel Electives (Any non-asterisk course) Credits: (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (16)


  • Natural Sciences (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (4)
  • Philosophy Elective (Choose from list above) Credits: (3)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)

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