Philosophy | Cascadia College



Associate in Integrated Studies – DTA

Area of Interest:

Social Sciences, Human Services, and Education

Program Length:

90 College-level Credits


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Coursework may be completed through a combination of web enhanced (face-to-face), hybrid, and online modes, though not every course is offered in the same modality each quarter. Specific courses may be offered at certain times of the year. Consult the current Class Schedule.


Many courses at Cascadia College have placement prerequisites for reading, writing, and math ability. The courses that you will place into determine how you progress through your pathway and how long your degree will take. There are a variety of ways to find your English and Math placement level.  

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You will need to consult with an academic advisor after placement to be sure to enroll in a course that is consistent with your planned course of study. 

PHIL& 120 Symbolic Logic.


If you have any questions about this pathway, contact:

Planning Your Courses: 

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You will have touchpoints with Advisors to ensure you are on track to success! Connect with the Advising, Career, and Transfer team!

The Annual Course Planning Guide show Cascadia’s tentative plan for classes and the quarters in which they are offered. It is intended for planning purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of class offerings. Actual quarterly sections may be changed, added, or removed. Students should use the Searchable Quarterly Class Scheduleto see up to date class offerings.


0-30 credits

  • COLL 101 College Strategies   
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I   
  • PHIL& 120 Symbolic Logic  
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II  
  • PHIL& 101 Introduction to Philosophy  
  • Equity, Diversity and Power Distribution Requirement (Meets Humanities, View Choice Classes)  

30-60 credits

  • PHIL& 115 Critical Thinking 
    PHIL 267 Philosophy of Religion 
  • Choose two: Natural Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)    
  • Choose two: Social Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes) 

60-90 credits

  • PHIL 220 Global Philosophy   
  • Choose Lab-Natural Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)   
  • Social Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)  
  • Elective or PHIL 238 Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Rights  
    Elective or PHIL 240 Introduction to Philosophical Ethics  
  • Elective or PHIL 102 Ethics and Social Problems  

*If not already completed, be sure to complete EDP requirements by taking a class numbered 150, an additional EDP class and an IL (View Choice Classes).  

Choice Classes: Distribution and Elective Requirements - Explore and align your interests. 

The recommended choice classes listed below were thoughtfully chosen to help you gain the necessary skills in this pathway. You are welcome to choose other choice classes outside the recommended list, but consult with an academic advisor to be sure that the classes meet the specific requirements for this pathway.

150 Equity, Diversity, and Power (10 credits)

To meet the Equity, Diversity, and Power completion requirement, you must complete one 150-series EDP course, and at least one additional EDP-designated course for a total of ten (10) credits. EDP courses in the 150-series ground students in the needed cognitive tools and background to critically analyze their position in our increasingly interconnected, complex, and diverse world so they can pursue further study and seek out their careers more intentionally. EDP-designated courses may also apply toward Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, or General Elective distribution requirements as indicated.

Choose one:

  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity
  • HIST 150 Cultural Diversity and Challenges in United States History 
  • HUMAN 150 Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • SOC 150 Social Inequality

Choose one additional course designated in EDP in any distribution area by choosing from the choice classes below or checking the current class schedule for additional EDP designated courses.

Integrated Learning (5 credits)

You will include an Integrated Learning Experience in your course selections. This requirement can be satisfied through the completion of learning communities, linked classes, classes containing formal community-based learning, classes taken as part of an academic study abroad program, or classes with an academic internship. Through Learning Communities (LC) or other Integrated Learning Experiences (IL), you will demonstrate abilities to integrate skills, concepts, information, and analytical and methodological frameworks from two or more areas of inquiry in a purposeful project or experience.

For more information please see Integrated Learning and current learning communities.


Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory, or lecture/studio courses. Only 5 credits of world language at the 100 level may be included.


This distribution would be satisfied by the credits outlined above, the following courses would fall under extra electives that you may be interested in taking in addition:  

  • PHIL 242 Biomedical Ethics 
  • PHIL 243 Environmental Ethics and Sustainability 
  • PHIL 260 Business Ethics 

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.


  • ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociolog
  • ECON& 201 Microeconomics
  • ECON& 202 Macroeconomics
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology

Natural Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline and include at least 5 credits of a LAB course. At least 10 credits required in physical, earth, and/or biological sciences. Only 5 credits of Mathematics may be used.

Lab Science Recommended:

  • ASTR& 101 Introduction to Astronomy

Non-Lab Science Recommended:

  • BIOL 165 Life: Origin and Adaptations
  • CHEM& 105 Chemical Concepts: Your Global Environment
  • ENVS 140 Themes and Methods in the Environment Sciences
  • PHYS& 100 Physics for Non-Science Majors

Transfer Opportunities: 

The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree is designed to transfer to most Bachelor of Arts degrees at all four-year colleges and universities in Washington state. The DTA is sometimes called an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Arts and Sciences.

DTA degrees provide students:

  • Priority consideration in the admissions for most humanities and social science majors at public universities in Washington ahead of students without a degree.
  • Completion of lower division general education requirements.
  • Credit for all courses completed within the DTA up to and in some cases beyond 90 credits.
  • Opportunity to explore several fields of study through the category of up to 30 credits of elective courses.

Opportunity to complete prerequisites for a future major.

Local Transfer Opportunities:

University of Washington, Seattle
Western Washington University, Bellingham
Eastern Washington University, Cheney

View Cascadia’s Transfer Agreements for details of our partnerships with other colleges and universities.

Career Possibilities:

The skills acquired while studying philosophy such as the ability to solve problems, to communicate, to organize ideas and issues, to assess pros and cons, and to analyze complex data are transferable skills valued by employers and are applicable to almost any career. People trained in philosophy are not only prepared to do many kinds of tasks but also particularly well prepared to cope with change in their chosen career fields, or even move into new careers.

You can learn more about career possibilities related to your interests in this pathway through O*NET OnLine. O*NET OnLine shares information about related careers, salary, skills related to the industry, and more.

Connect with Cascadia’s Career and Transfer Center for assistance as you go through the process of planning career and future educational goals.

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