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 Associates 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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Name E-mail Phone Location
Bailey, Dr. Micah mbailey1 956-973-1080 Mid-Valley H-135
Basham, Dr. Lee labasham 956-872-2550 Pecan P-1.154
Braune, Dominic (Nick) nbraune
Gomez, Dr. Christopher cgomez85 956-872-2035 Pecan PB 26B
Hutchins, Dr. Debby dhutchins 956-973-7616 Mid-Valley G-279
Leckey, Dr. Brittany - Program Coordinator bleckey 956-872-5528 Pecan P-1.156
McBride, Jeffrey mcbridej 956-872-2093 Pecan P-1.153
Molina Ochoa, Dr. Andrés amolinao 956-872-5647 Pecan P-1.155
Sparrow, Dr. Scott ssparrow 956-872-1018 Mid-Valley H-137
Wester, Dr. Matthew mwester 956-872-3564 Pecan PB23-B
Wilson, Dr. Aaron awilson3 956-872-2519 Pecan P-1.157
Zents, Jeffery jzents 956-872-2118 Pecan P-1.153

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Name E-mail Phone Location
Longoria, Norma - Department Secretary nlongori 956-872-2094 Pecan A-117
Villanueva, Dolores dvillan8 956-872-2561 Pecan P-1.148

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