Philosophy investigates fundamental questions about knowledge, value, and existence. This program enables students to expand their ability to think critically and improve their skills in oral and written communication. Courses in the major equip students with the ability to read critically, anal yze arguments, and express complex ideas in oral and written work. Philosophy prepares students for a variety of professions such as teaching, law, writing, and jobs in rese arch, management, and technology. Completion of the Philosophy : Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) will prepare you to meet minimum lower division admission requirements (60 transferable units) for transfer to a California State University (CSU) or to the University of California (UC) system. For transfer to a UC, meet with a counselo r for additional requirements. The Philosophy program map below includes all of your major coursework and recommended general education courses by term that is needed to fulfill your degree and transfer requirements.

Philosophy - ADT (CSU and UC)

0-15 units
Fall/Spring Units
Philosophy 10/10H or Philosophy 12  3
English 1A /1AH  4
Biology 1/1H or Biology 8 4
Philosophy 32 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Film Studies 1 or Art 2/2H 3
16-30 units
Fall/spring Units
Philosophy 10/10H, 11, or 12  3
History 6/6H or History 7/7H  3
Math 12/12H 4
Philosophy 33 or Philosophy/Humanities 35  3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Humanities 10/10H, 5/5H, or 16 3
31-45 units
Fall/spring Units
Communication Studies 1/1H 3
Physics 10 or Astronomy 1A 3
Philosophy 11, 33, or Philosophy/Humanities 35  3
Philosophy 13, 14, 19, or 22 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Psychology 1/1H, 8, or 9 3
45-60+ units
Fall/spring Units
Political Science 1/1H  3
Sociology 10 or Sociology 15 3
Biology 35 3
Philosophy 13, 14, 19, or 22 3
*LOTE can be met with 2 years of the same language in high school (C or better grade) 4-5

For alternative CSU/UC General Education options refer to the RCC Catalog, under Requirements for College Transfer.


Milestones are courses, co-curricular activities and recommendations from your Student Success Team that will keep you on track towards completion of your degree. Check off your milestones as you complete them.
  • Pass English 1A
  • Pass College Level Math (Recomm. Math 12) by the end of year 1
  • Pass laboratory science by the end of year 1
  • Complete Phi 32 and Phi 10, Phi 11, or Phi 12
  • Complete Entry Level Course
  • Complete all remaining G.E. requirements
  • Apply to Universities (CSU/UC application period Oct 1-Nov 30)
  • Apply for ADT degree by beginning of spring term before transfer
  • Complete RCC Graduation application (during your last term)
  • Meet with your Counselor to Complete your Comprehensive Student Education Plan (SEP)
  • Complete FAFSA (Oct 1st - Mar 2nd for priority)
  • Meet with Faculty Advisor for career/research opportunities
  • Meet with your Counselor to update SEP (every semester)
  • Meet with your Counselor for pre-graduation check
  • Research Potential Clubs on Campus
  • Participate in Academic Support Activity
  • Meet with Faculty Advisor for career opportunities
  • Visit the Career Center for Internship opportunities
  • Research transfer institutions
  • Attend Transfer workshops and Transfer Fair
  • Participate in an internship/ job shadowing

Careers for Philosophy Majors

Salaries Range : $62,500 - $118,160

  • Marketing Research Analyst 
  • Writer
  • Advertising Sales Agent
  • Teacher
  • Paralegal
  • Lawyer
  • Political Scientist