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The role of philosophy, since its inception and as it is incorporated into the offerings at Phoenix College, is precisely the attempt to encourage an attitude of critical reflection that yields practical personal and social benefits. Without the ability to recognize problems, examine possible solutions, implement actions, and assess values, a person is ill-equipped to succeed in his or her current or future environment.

It is for this reason that philosophy serves as a cornerstone in the educational curriculum of students and continues to provide the repertoire of skills needed to flourish in the 21st Century.

Program Curriculum

Philosophy courses are lower division collegiate courses that may transfer to a four-year college or university as elective credits; program requirement credits; and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution.

Student interested in obtaining an Association of Arts degree or AGEC will find that the following courses fulfill General Education requirements:

  • Introduction to Philosophy: General consideration of human nature and the nature of the universe. Knowledge, perception, freedom and determinism, and the existence of God. (Gen Ed Designation HU)
  • Introduction to Logic: Informal logic, logical fallacies, elementary symbolic logic, analysis of argument forms, and construction of proofs for validity. (Gen Ed Designation HU, L)
  • Introduction to Ethics: ((Gen Ed Designation HU)

Students are encouraged to check with the receiving institution, your PC academic advisor and the AZ Transfer website for the most accurate and timely transfer requirement information.

Career and Employment Outlook

Philosophy majors often need graduate degrees to teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. They often work as both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research. Sample job titles include: Professor, Philosophy Professor, Religion Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor, Philosophy Instructor, Professor of Philosophy, Religious Studies Professor, Humanities Professor, Assistant Professor of Philosophy. 

As such, the employment outlook is referenced as post-secondary teachers. For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wage, and employment trend information.