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 Contact Information

Chairperson:
Timothy Hack
Dept. Assistant:
Judy Robinson
Phone:
732-906-2590
Fax:
732-603-7049
Email:
HSS@middlesexcc.edu
Location:
Raritan Hall

Office Hours:

Mon - Fri:
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

History & Social Science
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 Contact Information

Chairperson:
Timothy Hack
Dept. Assistant:
Judy Robinson
Phone:
732-906-2590
Fax:
732-603-7049
Email:
HSS@middlesexcc.edu
Location:
Raritan Hall

Office Hours:

Mon - Fri:
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Liberal Arts - Philosophy A.A. Degree

The program in Philosophy at Middlesex is concerned with some of the deepest and most difficult questions we can ask: questions about human nature and the meaning of life, the possibility and extent of knowledge, the existence of God, and morality and how we should live. Students of philosophy engage some of the greatest thinkers in history; acquire the ability to assess complex arguments, and develop their own conclusions on difficult and important questions. The study of Philosophy at Middlesex thus provides benefits that extend throughout life.

Philosophy’s emphasis on critical thinking and written and oral communication are essential 21st century skills highly valued in today’s job market.

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  1. Articulate their place in human culture and the global society from a multi-disciplinary perspective acquired through the study of the social sciences, humanities, history, natural sciences, mathematics, arts, and languages.
  2. Summarize the thought of major philosophers.
  3. Analyze major philosophical problems.
  4. Synthesize ideas drawn from various sources.
  5. Evaluate ideas in a fair and balanced way, both orally and in writing.

SEMESTER I

3

Choose one 3-credit Mathematics course designated in the course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).

3

Select one of the following History sequences:

HIS-121 and HIS-122 OR HIS-131 and HIS-132 OR HIS-221 and HIS-222

SEMESTER 2

3

Select one of the following History sequences:

HIS-121 and HIS-122 OR HIS-131 and HIS-132 OR HIS-221 and HIS-222

OR

3

Choose one course designated in the course described as General Education Diversity (GE DIV).

SEMESTER 3

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).

3

Choose two modern language courses in sequence from either: CHN, FRE, GER, HIN, ITA or SPA. For students who completed at least two years of high school study in one modern language, their level of language will be determined by a placement test (excluding SPA-242).

OR

SEMESTER 4

3

Choose one 3-credit GE Mathematics or Science course designated in the course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).  Students may elect to take a 4-credit GE Mathematics or Science Elective in consultation with an academic advisor.

3

Choose one course from the following areas: AFS, AGD, ART, ASL, BIO, CHM, CHN, CJU, COM, COR, CPT, DAN, DMA, EDU, ENG, FRE, FSC, GER, GLS, HCS, HED, HIN, HIS, IDC, ITA, JOU, LNC, MAD, MAT, MUS, PCP, PED, PHI, PHY, POL, POS, PSY, SCI, SOC, SPA, SPE, SSD and THE.

HED-150 or HED-200 are recommended.

3

Choose two modern language courses in sequence from either: CHN, FRE, GER, HIN, ITA or SPA. For students who completed at least two years of high school study in one modern language, their level of language will be determined by a placement test (excluding SPA-242).

4

Choose one 3-credit GE Lab Science course designated in the course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).  Students may elect to take a 4-credit GE Lab Science Elective in consultation with an academic advisor.

Total Credits: 60

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Program will be able to:

  • Articulate their place in human culture and the global society from a multidisciplinary perspective acquired through the study of the social sciences, humanities, history, natural sciences, mathematics, arts, and languages.
  • Summarize the thought of major philosophers.
  • Analyze major philosophical problems.
  • Synthesize ideas drawn from various sources.
  • Evaluate ideas in a fair and balanced way, both orally and in writing.

Contact Information

Contact Name: Timothy Hack, department chair 
Contact Phone: 732.906.2590
Contact Email: HSS@middlesexcc.edu 
Department Web: https://www.middlesexcc.edu/history-social-science/

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study the Liberal Arts?

A Liberal Arts education is a broad-based program of study that exposes students to the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology.  The study of the Liberal Arts empowers students for success in transfer and a career in the diverse, ever-changing 21st century workplace.  A Liberal Arts education equips students with invaluable employability skills including the ability to analyze and construct arguments, think critically, communicate effectively, and appreciate diverse cultures and perspectives.  The cross-cultural knowledge, problem solving, and research and information literacy skills prepare students for civic engagement, life-long learning, and professional success. 

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Competency in Algebra I may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by completion of the appropriate course. Students must also have a grade of “C” or better in one year of high school laboratory science.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

Once students complete required developmental coursework (if any), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students may shorten the amount of degree completion time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.

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Transfer Information

Our students transfer to 4-year colleges and universities around the globe. We’ve had students transfer to every state, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements are being worked out with institutions granting baccalaureate degrees to facilitate the transfer process. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

Are you interested in transferring to a school in New Jersey? You can use the tools at NJTransfer.org to see which of your MCC courses will transfer to a specific college.

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