Statue of Socrates


Knowledge, Value, Existence

Philosophy investigates fundamental questions about knowledge, value, and existence.  Students explore philosophical texts from various eras and from around the world, debating their meaning and applicability to problems of contemporary concern. There will be ample opportunity for you to develop and communicate your own views on these issues, with an eye toward effective rational persuasion.

Programs of Study

  • A
    Associate Degree
  • T
    Transfer Degree
  • C
    Credit Certificate
  • N
  • Limited Enrollment
    Limited Enrollment
  • Online Options Available
    Online Options

Philosophy for Transfer

Associate of Art for Transfer

  • A
  • T
  • Online Options Available

This degree is designed to prepare students to critically analyze the work of major figures in philosophy, evaluate topics in the key areas of philosophy, clearly express philosophical ideas both in writing and orally, and demonstrate an understanding of these ideas through their application to specific philosophical problems.

The degree for transfer program assists students with seamless transfer to a California State University.

Program Code



18 Units

Why study philosophy?

Studying philosophy enables students to expand their ability to think critically and improve their skills in oral and written communication. Courses in the major equip students with the ability to read critically, analyze arguments, and express complex ideas in oral and written work, skills that can be taken into a variety of professions such as teaching, law, writing, and jobs in research, management, or technology.

What You'll Learn

  • Analyze and critically evaluate the work of major figures in philosophy.
  • Compare and contrast different philosophical views across historical periods and contexts of human experience
  • Evaluate the most important topics in key areas of philosophy: theory of knowledge, metaphysics, ethics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply philosophical ideas to philosophical problems
  • Express philosophical ideas and defend them in argument, both in writing and orally

Career Options

Specific career options​ for students who get a degree in philosophy​ include:

  • Lawyer or paralegal
  • Chaplain
  • High school teacher or college professor
  • Political scientist
  • Human resources manager
  • Economist
  • Journalist or writer
  • Psychologist
  • Local government officer
  • Police officer
  • Marketing executive
  • School counselor