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Philosophy: Associate in Arts (AA)  (2050)

Do you often wonder about why things are as they are or what it means to exist? Our Philosophy Program can be your path to a rewarding, thought-provoking career. After completing our program and receiving your Associate in Arts (AA), we can help you define your philosophy career goals and transfer your credits to a four-year school.

 

What can I do with this in the workforce?

Our Philosophy program will give you a solid foundation that you can use for various careers, including:

• Business
• Clergy
• Education
• Law
• Medicine

With a philosophy degree, you may also succeed in executive or management positions for businesses, nonprofit organizations or governmental institutions. Our program is ideal for students who:

• Comprehend information rapidly
• Have interest in producing effective solutions to persistent and challenging societal problems
• Enjoy questioning the world around themselves

 

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What is HACC’s program like?

During your studies at HACC, you will explore various belief systems to expand your own sphere of ideas and values. You will develop critical thinking, precise writing and close reading skills and investigate the major branches of philosophical inquiry. Our program covers:

• The history of philosophy and culture
• Ethics and value theory
• Logic and the philosophy of science
• Theories about the nature of reality
• The foundations of knowledge

As a philosophy student, you will: 

• Be able to transfer into four-year colleges and universities to earn a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy
• Sharpen communication, writing and research skills needed for framing hypotheses, analyzing a variety of qualitative and quantitative data and for putting complex problems into manageable forms
• Exemplify effective decision-making and leadership skills by examining philosophies of both Western and Eastern cultures and cultivating a sensitivity to other world view.

 

What classes will I take?


We encourage you to:
  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.

 

Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

Our program gives you the flexibility and core courses to transfer in to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year school with no loss of credit. However, your transfer school must participate in Pennsylvania’s statewide college credit transfer system and each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so you can take the proper classes at HACC.

Our program also simultaneously satisfies some of the transfer requirements you may need for a religious studies or an interdisciplinary humanities program.

You can choose from the following transfer options:

Elizabethtown College: Philosophy into Philosophy (pdf)

Mc Daniel College: Philosophy (pdf)

Millersville University of PA: Philosophy into Philosophy (pdf)


 

Where can I complete this program?

You can complete the entire program at our Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster and York campuses, as well as through Virtual Learning. Conveniently YOURS, you can also complete the program at the Lebanon Campus by taking courses through Virtual Learning.

 

Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! There are more than 200 scholarships available through the HACC Foundation. You can review the eligibility requirements and submit your applications for scholarships online at our website.

 

When can I apply?

You can apply anytime for our spring, summer and fall classes. Please visit our website and submit your application using the Philosophy program code 2050. By using the code, you can be sure you are applying to the correct program.

 

How can I learn more?

We are here to help you develop YOUR skills around the subjects that interest you. We encourage you to contact the department chair Will Guntrum or an admissions counselor to request more information about our program and transfer options.