Jul 14, 2024  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Philosophy and Religious Studies AA: Full-time

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Plan of Study 2021-2022

The following is a plan of requirements to complete this Associate of Arts degree in 2 years. Each student’s experience will vary slightly, as this plan does not include transfer work, Advanced Placement (AP), or other institutions’ concurrent enrollment credits. Math and English placement will be based on the student’s appropriate placement scores. If developmental courses are required, they should be taken in the student’s first semester.

NOTE: This plan assumes the student is prepared to take the courses listed. If prerequisites are required, additional semesters may be required to complete this degree.

Meet with the Academic Program Advisor and consult DegreeWorks for specific degree requirements.

First Year

 Fall Semester (16 credits)   Spring Semester (15 credits)
☐ ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing (EN)  -  3 credits     ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing (EN)  -  3 credits    
Program Requirement - 3 credits     MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (QL)  -  3 credits    
PHIL 1250 Reasoning and Rational Decision-Making (CM)  -  3 credits     Program Requirement - 3 credits   
American Institutions (AI) - 3 credits     Elective - 3 credits    
Elective - 3 credits     Distribution Area - 3 credits    
Lifelong Wellness (LW) - 1 credit        
► Progress Check: Log in and check your Degree Audit via MySLCC   ► Progress Check: Meet with Academic Program Advisor  

Second Year

Fall Semester (15-17 credits)   Spring Semester (15-17 credits)
Elective - 3 credits     ☐ Elective - 3 credits    
☐ Elective - 3 credits     ☐ Elective - 3 credits    
Language (LN) - 3-5 credits     ☐ Language (LN) - 3-5 credits    
Distribution Area - 3 credits     Distribution Area - 3 credits    
Distribution Area - 3 credits     ☐ Distribution Area - 3 credits    
► Progress Check: Apply for Graduation      

Advising Notes

LS or PS courses may be 4 credits, with lab

General Education Institutional Requirements (like IG and CM) can be satisfied with Program Choice courses. General Education Distribution Requirements (like LS, PS, SS, FA) cannot be satisfied using Program Choice, though HU will be satisfied through taking one of the Program’s Core Courses. (Students should be advised to make sure to complete a minimum of 61 credit hours, in the case that some credits fill two requirements).

Students are encouraged to take at least one course in Philosophy and at least one course in Religious Studies.

AA Language Requirement

Students of philosophy and religious studies find substantial benefits to learning another language. Both fields of study are largely grounded in texts that come out of many language traditions, so learning another language enhances one’s understanding of the conceptual and cultural contexts of diverse schools of thought.

Like all AA programs, the Philosophy and Religious Studies Program has a LANG 1020 (LN) language requirement for its degree. But that requirement can be met in a variety of ways. Dual-language immersion students, heritage speakers, and other students who have adequate proficiency in a second language may satisfy the language requirement through a) proficiency testing, b) an AP score of 3 or higher, or c) equivalent prior college-level coursework. ESL and non-native English speakers will meet the requirement through coursework in ESL or English, in accordance with the policies stated in the SLCC catalog. Any student who demonstrates the required level of language ability in fewer than 5 credit hours is required to complete an additional elective, to meet the AA degree’s 61 credit hours total.

If a student seeks to satisfy the language requirement through SLCC coursework, then their first-semester LANG course (LANG 1010) can count as one of the five Program electives., thus relieving the need to add any additional credit hours to the program. (see program curriculum to see LANG 1010 listed among the Program Electives options)