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Philosophy is the practice of developing the skills and strategies for answering fundamental questions about human existence. Philosophers analyze the concepts through which we acquire knowledge of reality and in terms of which human actions and practices acquire value and meaning. Students are exposed to both the history of discussions of these topics as well as contemporary treatments in order to foster an understanding of how these discussions are related to contemporary life. Philosophers use reasoned argument to evaluate beliefs, focusing especially on what evidence there is for a belief, whether it fits well with other beliefs or contradicts them, and whether we can prove it or disprove it.
The Philosophy curriculum prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and also meets the general education Humanities area requirement for the associate degree.
Most careers in this list require education beyond the associate degree. A sample list of careers in which background knowledge of philosophy is appropriate include: education, human service vocations, law, management, medicine, publishing, scientific research, and theology.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.
Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.