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Earn a Associate Degree in Philosophy at Aims

Are you an inquisitive information-seeker? Do you find yourself wanting to make sense of the world around you by better understanding the human condition? A degree in philosophy will allow you to study the history of human thought, including how it has evolved over time and how it varies between cultures.

If you often find yourself contemplating ideas around religion, ethics and morality, earning a philosophy degree from Aims could be an ideal path for you. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss the world’s most burning questions, all while preparing for a successful transition to a four-year school. 

Earning an associate degree in philosophy at Aims puts you on an affordable path to getting your bachelor’s degree. Thanks to a statewide agreement between community colleges and universities, upon completion of this liberal arts associate degree, you can transfer to any participating four-year public university in Colorado as a junior and earn your bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Taking your general education degree requirements at Aims instead of a four-year institution can save substantial costs. 

At Aims, your instructors, Pathway Advisors and Transitions Center coaches will work together to help your transfer go smoothly.

If examining both ancient and contemporary questions and issues excites you, learn more about a philosophy degree from Aims.

Gain Philosophy Knowledge and Skills at Aims

Earning an associate degree in philosophy gives you an opportunity to dive into the secrets of the universe. Exploring questions without clear answers helps you become a master of thought. With small class sizes and dedicated professors, you’ll learn among peers who are also fascinated by the same subject matter.

 The wide range of topics you’ll explore include:

  • Religion
  • Ethics
  • Dying and death
  • Freedom
  • Decision-making
  • Science and morality

In this two-year program, you’ll also become more proficient in the soft skills employers find valuable such as:

  • Critical thinking
  • Logical reasoning
  • Effective written communication
  • Public speaking
  • Purposeful debate
  • Open-mindedness

Careers in Philosophy

A liberal arts degree with an emphasis in philosophy opens doors to many career paths. And according to the Wall Street Journal, students who graduated with a four-year philosophy degree saw a higher percent salary increase by mid-career than any other major on the list, with those in the median range doubling their salary by that point. 

Careers you can pursue after earning a bachelor’s or higher degree in philosophy include:

  • Lawyer
  • Teacher
  • Professor
  • Psychologist
  • Researcher
  • Author
  • Clergy position
  • Social Worker

Continue Your Philosophy Studies at a Colorado Four-Year Public University

Thanks to a Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement in Colorado, after graduating from Aims with a liberal arts associate degree in philosophy, you can go on to study at any participating public university statewide. 

Here are links to the B.A. granting philosophy departments in the State of Colorado:

Here’s what your journey from Aims to a bachelor’s degree in philosophy will look like:

  1. An Aims Admissions Advisor can answer your questions about this degree transfer program and help you get started on the path to earning your degree.
  2. After becoming an Aims student, you’ll choose classes to earn your Philosophy associate degree. Your Aims Pathway Advisor will help you ensure you follow the pathway that best suits you and helps you reach your goals.
  3. During your time at Aims, you'll also work with an Aims Transfer Coach to get help choosing the school you’d like to transfer to and researching what scholarships are available.
  4. You can also reach out to a transfer advisor at your chosen four-year school to make sure you're choosing classes that will support you when you go on to complete your bachelor's degree.
  5. Before graduating from Aims, your Transfer Coach will help you prepare for the transition to your new school as a junior.
Aims2UNC Program

The Aims2UNC Transition Program

Aims2UNC is a joint initiative streamlining the path for students to seamlessly transition between the two colleges. You’ll get support from advisors specific to this program who will assist you as you earn your associate and bachelor's degrees in philosophy.

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Leverage Your Associate Degree in Philosophy to Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Related Subjects

While many Aims philosophy students go on to earn a bachelor’s or higher degree in this same field, it also opens doors to explore complementary disciplines such as:

  • Education
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Pre-Med
  • Pre-Law
  • Social Work

Aims philosophy faculty teach among small class sizes with your needs and interests in mind. They’ll guide you in using analytical thought to consider the issues humans face as you prepare to transition to a four-year degree post graduation.

  • Rebecca Sailor headshot

    Rebecca Sailor

    Department Chair - Humanities, Philosophy & World Languages
    Professor, Humanities
  • Daniel Alvarez headshot

    Daniel Alvarez

    Professor, Philosophy
  • Headshot of William Easley, Adjunct Instructor, Art, Humanities, Music and Philosophy at Aims

    William Easley

    Adjunct Instructor, Art, Humanities, Music & Philosophy
  • Headshot of Aims Community College Humanities Instructor Douglas Grattan

    Douglas Grattan

    Adjunct Instructor, Humanities & Philosophy
  • Danny Malloy

    Danny Malloy

    Professor, Philosophy
  • Aims psychology instructor Arthur Jeremy Rottini headshot

    Jeremy Rottini

    Instructor, Psychology and World Religions