Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument.

Philosophy Courses Offered

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Contemporary Moral Problems
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Introduction to Ethics

Possible Careers

A Philosophy major is a great start if you plan on going on to graduate school in:

  • Education & Research
  • Law
  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Environmental Studies
  • Theology and Religious Studies


William Harms
University of California, Irvine, Ph.D.

Marcia Horton
University of Washington, M.A.

Philosophy – Learning Outcomes

Most students who take courses in the Philosophy earn credit in the Individuals, Cultures, and Societies (ICS) area of knowledge for the AA degree by understanding the nature of the individual and the relationship between the self and the community. Students who take the Intro to Logic course earn Qualitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) credit by mastering modes of symbolic thinking.

Depending on the course taken, students who complete Philosophy courses satisfy critical thinking, creative thinking, and/or ethical reasoning outcomes for the AA degree as they

  • explore issues, ideas, phenomena, and artifacts to define problems or to formulate hypotheses
  • analyze evidence to formulate an opinion, identify strategies, develop and implement solutions, evaluate outcomes, and/or draw conclusions
  • synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways
  • examine, assess, and articulate core beliefs and values
  • apply knowledge to analyze and evaluate complex ethical situations from various perspectives


Philosophy Links

The American Philosophical Association - The APA promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - The SEP was designed so that each entry is maintained and kept up–to–date by an expert or group of experts in the field.

The Wikipedia Philosophy Portal - A portal for Wikipedia's philosophy resources.

Why Philosophy is Good for Business - HuffPost article