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In MC’s Philosophy Program, you will hone your critical thinking and reasoning skills, improve your writing, and learn how to effectively understand, evaluate, and construct arguments. You will also be given the opportunity to engage meaningfully and rationally with contemporary moral problems. The skills you gain with your philosophy training are transferable to other academic disciplines and additional endeavors in your life. Philosophy majors perform better than other majors on exams such as the LSAT, GMAT, and GRE. Some business leaders think that a philosophy degree will be the indispensable degree for the 21st Century.

Why Study Philosophy?

The ancient Greek word philosophia means "love of wisdom.” Classes in philosophy explore the large questions surrounding our existence, develop orderly thinking, and prepare you for many professions.

By learning to view arguments from multiple perspectives, you can gain understanding of other people's views—even if you do not agree with them. Your reasoning and reflection skills will help you better understand and deconstruct complex problems, a key skill not just in effective communication, but in life.

Philosophy training lays a solid academic foundation for numerous majors. Most philosophy courses transfer to other colleges and universities. Please consult an advisor for additional information.

Philosophy Courses

All students should consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order. 

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. A full list of philosophy courses is found below.  

Program Opportunities

MC does not offer a degree or certificate in philosophy, though the courses fulfill humanities requirements for the General Studies Humanities, Arts, Communication and Languages Core (HACL) and humanities distribution requirements for the General Education Program. In addition, PHIL 143: Introduction to the Study of Religion, fulfills the global/cultural perspectives requirement.

Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Workforce Development & Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.

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