Philosophy

Philosophy is the study of fundamental questions. What's the nature of right and wrong? Does God exist? Do we have free will? It analyzes abstract concepts such as reality, knowledge, personhood, and justice. It challenges everyday assumptions about ourselves, our society, and our world, both for the sake of truth and for the sake of improving our lives.

Completing a Philosophy program is a common preparation for law school and for other graduate programs, and it can expand opportunities in teaching, business, tech industries, non-governmental organizations, ethics boards, journalism, and other areas while teaching lifetime skills of analysis and multicultural reasoning.

The Associate of Arts degree with a field of study in Philosophy is designed for students planning to transfer to a bachelor program in Philosophy. The curriculum includes general academic courses and electives that enable students who intend to major or minor in Philosophy to transfer to four-year institutions with substantial course work completed.

Marketable Skills:

  • Ethical Reasoning: the ability to weigh carefully the pros and cons of different solutions to resolving interpersonal conflicts.
  • Analytical Communication: the ability to make and convey clear and precise distinctions.
  • Orthogonal Thinking: the ability to draw from a variety of perspectives to achieve new insights.
  • Critical Reading: the ability to analyze and critically evaluate written documents.
  • Deductive Inference: the ability to recognize and draw conclusions that logically follow from a shared set of assumptions.

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