Philosophy is the academic discipline that exercises reason and logic in an attempt to understand reality and answer fundamental questions about knowledge, life, morality and human nature.
WHY STUDY PHILOSOPHY?
Many students take Philosophy courses to develop personal skills, because of an interest in ethics/ideas/reasoning, or for career enhancement.
Other students take philosophy courses to fulfill requirements for a two-year Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree.
Strong emphasis is placed on comparative philosophies and religions, applied to ethics and symbolic logic.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH AN PHILOSOPHY DEGREE?
Careers related to this major include law, religious vocations and environmental sciences.
In addition, many students majoring in philosophy are well prepared for graduate programs in a variety of fields.
Careers in Philosophy
Types of Jobs
Individuals who study philosophy often work in the following profession
College Mathematical Science Teachers
College Philosophy and Religion Teachers
Natural Sciences Managers
Philosophy programs include topics such as:
History of philosophy
Degrees & Certificates in Philosophy
Students seeking an Associate of Arts Degree with Emphasis in Philosophy must successfully complete the AA requirements and the specific emphasis requirements. Emphasis requirements may also be used to satisfy the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Goal requirements.
The Philosophy Department offers a complete selection of lower division courses for a major in philosophy as well as related areas such as religion or humanities.
Careers related to this major include law, religious vocations and environmental sciences. In addition, many students majoring in philosophy are well prepared for graduate programs in a variety of fields.
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The Associate of Arts Degree with Emphasis in Philosophy provides students with the opportunity to reflect on the most fundamental questions that concern human beings. Through careful study of major figures and traditions within philosophy, courses in this program will help students develop skills for reasoning and critical analysis, and encourage imagination, intellectual curiosity and rigor, personal reflection, and civic engagement.
Since the study of philosophy cultivates intellectual curiosity and imagination, and draws upon all areas of human endeavor, students who complete the emphasis will be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution in pursuit of many different majors. Philosophy majors are prepared for a wide variety of careers, including law, journalism, business-technology, and government and politics. Philosophy courses satisfy 6 of the 10 goals in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.
Incorporate the following Required Courses into the General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or Additional Course Requirements sections below.