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The Philosophy Department offers courses in philosophy and introductory religious studies. The Philosophy program challenges the students to think and write well, ponder their most basic assumptions, and see themselves as participants in the vital world of the history of ideas. All philosophy classes meet transfer requirements, and philosophy skills – clear thinking, careful reasoning, and excellent argumentative writing – apply across all disciplines.


Degree or Certificate ProgramAward TypeRequirements
Philosophy Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer 60 units

PHILOSOPHY: For transfer information see and/or consult with a counselor.

The Faculty

Barbara Upton

Career Options

Philosophy graduates regularly score above students in all other disciplines on admission tests for professional and graduate schools. Because of their training in logic and clear writing, philosophy graduates are often found in the computer industry; they work as technical writers, programmers, quality assurance engineers, marketing communications specialists, and hardware designers. Because philosophers are trained to make effective arguments, philosophy is a very desirable undergraduate major for law school. Professional academic philosophers usually teach at the college level. Such positions require at least a master’s degree in philosophy; most require a doctorate (Ph.D).
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Last Updated 1/18/24