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                    School of Humanities and Languages
                  Dean:	Karima Feldhus, Ph.D.
                  Academic	Chair:	Francisco Marmolejo, Ph.D.
                  Faculty:	Roy Bauer, Ken Brown, Thomas Bushnell, James Granitto, Mike Monge, Charles Otwell

                  CURRiCUlUM                                      puter programming, business, policy            tRAnSfER PREPARAtiOn
                  Each of the courses in the philosophy           analysis, government, and teaching. The        Courses that fulfill major requirements
                  curriculum starts out with substantial          major also provides a sound foundation         for an associate degree at Irvine Valley
                  instruction in reasoning skills. In the sub-    for transfer students intending upper divi-    College may not be the same as those
                  sequent examinations of specific issues,        sion study in philosophy.                      required for completing the major at a
                  students gradually develop their capac-                                                        transfer institution offering a baccalaure-
                  ity to join in the examination with logical     ASSOCiAtE DEGREE                               ate degree. Students who plan to trans-

                  rigor. Students develop this capacity both      •	 Associate	in	Arts	Degree	in	                fer to a four-year college or university
                  in frequent class discussions and in writ-         Philosophy                                  should (1) refer to the University Studies
                  ing assignments. Philosophy courses may         Students must complete a minimum of            major (page 231) and “Transfer Planning”
                  be used to meet general education and           60 units of credit, including the courses      (page 47); (2) consult the catalog of their
                  transfer requirements in critical thinking      in the major (“Major Requirements”)            prospective transfer institution (see the
                  and humanities.                                 and general education requirements             IVC Transfer Center for assistance); and
                                                                  (pages 36-43), with an overall GPA of 2.0      (3) schedule an appointment with an
                  MAJOR                                           or better. A minimum of 12 units must be       IVC counselor to develop a plan of study

                  The student of philosophy seeks to              completed at Irvine Valley College. See        before beginning their program. It may
                  uncover the assumptions underlying our          pages 32-35 for further information.           be helpful to meet with the department

                  understanding of the world and to subject                                                      faculty at IVC.
                  those assumptions to careful scrutiny
                  using the tools of logic. Thus, in doing
                  philosophy, one asks such fundamental
                  questions as, “Can I really know anything          MAJOR REqUiREMEntS: PhilOSOPhy
                  about the world?” “What is my rela-                Associate in Arts Degree
                  tionship to government and to society?”
                  “Have I a free will?” “What is the relation-       Complete	the	following	courses:	
                  ship between the language I use and                Units
                  the world?” In pursuing such questions             	 PHIL	1		   Introduction to Philosophy                                         3
                  systematically, one may approach the               	 PHIL	3		   Introduction to Logic                                              3

                  Socratic ideal of living the “examined life”:      	 PHIL	10		  History of Philosophy to Descartes                                 3
                                                                     	 PHIL	11		  History of Philosophy from Descartes                               3

                  a life in which one attempts to arrive at
                  those beliefs best supported by reason.            	 WR	2	      College Writing 2: Critical Thinking/Writing                       4

                  CAREER OPtiOnS                                     Complete	one	of	the	following	courses:
                                                                     	 PHIL	2		   Ethics                                                             3
                  The precision of thought and expression
                                                                     	 PHIL	5		   Political Philosophy                                               3
                  that philosophy requires makes excellent
                                                                     	 PHIL	6	    Philosophy of Religion                                             3
                  preparation for a variety of careers. Those
                  who do well in philosophy can expect               	 	             TOTAL	UNITS:		                                                 19
                  to think more clearly and logically and
                  to approach problems or issues more
                  systematically. Philosophy students are
                  encouraged to develop a clear, precise,
                  and direct writing style. Increasingly, the
                  ability to write in this fashion is valued by

                  Philosophy majors are among the
                  most successful law students, owing
                  to philosophy's emphasis on analysis,
                  argumentation, and evaluation. Analytical
                  skills developed in philosophy are also
                  useful in a variety of fields, such as com-

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COURSES                                          PHIL	5:		POLITICAL	PHILOSOPHy                  PHIL	10:		HISTORy	OF	PHILOSOPHy	TO	
                                                 3	Units                                           DESCARTES	
PHIL	1:		INTRODUCTION	TO	                        3	hours	lecture                                3	Units
   PHILOSOPHy                                    Transfers: CSU, UC                             3	hours	lecture
3	Units                                          Political Philosophy introduces traditional    Transfers: CSU, UC
3	hours	lecture                                  philosophical issues concerning politics.      This course is the first half of an examina-
Transfers: CSU, UC                               Among these issues are the nature and          tion of the ideas and central works of the
Introduction to Philosophy explains the          grounds of political obligation, the nature    major philosophers of the Western tradi-
tools and methods of the philosopher and         and possibility of legitimate political        tion. Essentially, the course examines the
introduces a few representative philosoph-       authority, and the tension between legiti-     great philosophers of classical Greece
ical issues. Typical issues are the free will    mate coercion and freedom. The course          and Rome and of the medieval period,
problem, the problem of personal identity,       emphasizes classic works in political          including Plato, Aristotle, St. Anselm, and
the question of God’s existence, and the         philosophy, including Plato’s “Republic,”      St. Thomas. (CAN PHIL 8) NR
question of the nature of knowledge of the       Hobbes’ “Leviathan,” and Locke’s “Second
external world. (CAN PHIL 2) NR                  Treatise.” Philosophy 5 is also listed as      PHIL	11:		HISTORy	OF	PHILOSOPHy	
                                                 Political Science 5; credit will be given in      FROm	DESCARTES	
PHIL	2:		ETHICS                                  either area, not both. NR                      3	Units

                                                                                                                                               C O U R S E S
3	Units                                                                                         3	hours	lecture
3	hours	lecture                                  PHIL	6:		PHILOSOPHy	OF	RELIgION	               Transfers: CSU, UC
Transfers: CSU, UC                               3	Units                                        This course is the second half of an exami-
Ethics introduces the classic works              3	hours	lecture                                nation of the ideas and central works of
and chief issues of philosophical eth-           Transfers: CSU, UC                             the major philosophers of the Western
ics. Classic works include Aristotle’s           This course introduces the rational scru-      tradition. Essentially, the course examines
“Nichomachean Ethics,” Kant’s                    tiny of the claims of religion, especially     the great modern and contemporary phi-
“Fundamental Principles of Metaphysics           within the Judeo-Christian tradition.          losophers, including Descartes, Locke,
of Morals,” and Mill’s “Utilitarianism.”         Accordingly, it explores the nature and        Hume, Kant, Hegel, Mill, Russell, and
Issues include the definition of “right,” the    legitimacy of religious experience, the        Wittgenstein. NR

definition of “good,” and relativity vs. abso-   nature and grounds of religious belief,
lutism. (CAN PHIL 4) NR                          the problem of evil, and the relationship

                                                                                                                                               P R O G R A M S
                                                 between morality and religion. Readings
PHIL	3:		INTRODUCTION	TO	LOgIC                   typically include Anselm, Aquinas, Hume,
3	Units                                          and Kierkegaard. NR
3	hours	lecture
Transfers: CSU, UC                               PHIL	7:		WORLD	RELIgIONS	
Philosophy 3 undertakes a study of good          3	Units
and bad reasoning, grounded in traditional       3	hours	lecture
logic. The chief goal of the course is to        Transfers: CSU, UC
equip students with concepts and skills          This course is a comparative study of
that will enable them to assess arguments.       some of the major world religions, includ-
NR                                               ing Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism,
                                                 Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism.

                                                 The course addresses the historical ori-
                                                 gin, growth, major doctrines, rituals, and

                                                                                                                                               M A J O R S
                                                 philosophical presuppositions of each
                                                 religion under discussion. NR

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