Program Purpose: Students who complete Philosophy courses will apply major philosophical concepts to the complexities of the 21st century. Understanding philosophy will allow students to positively engage and contribute to society as informed citizens, and will allow a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.
The study of philosophy invites students to carefully analyze and thoughtfully respond to the fundamental ideas and basic concerns present in the human experience. The goal is to examine ourselves, our culture, and our world and the persisting questions regarding human thought and action. Instruction in philosophy teaches, not what to think, but how to think. The program also develops skills in analytical and critical thinking and writing that are excellent preparation for professional and other careers.
NOTE: Some courses may have credit limitations. Refer to the Credit Limitations area and the UC Transfer Course Agreement page for details.
Explores systematically the concepts of knowledge, reality, and value, including review of epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion. Introduces idealism, realism, skepticism, materialism, and relativism.
Explores systematically the concepts of knowledge, reality, and value, including review of epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion. Introduces idealism, realism, skepticism, materialism, and relativism. Honors work challenges students to be more analytical and creative through expanded assignments, real-world applications and enrichment opportunities.
Introduces the systematic study of consequentialist, deontological and virtue theories as well as meta-ethical theories. Includes such topics as freedom and responsibility, justice, and moral relativism. OTHER: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP2811 for 45 contact hours.
Introduces the systematic study of consequentialist, deontological and virtue theories as well as metaethical theories. Includes such topics as freedom and responsibility, justice, and moral relativism. Honors work challenges students to be analytical through expanded.
Introduces the major social and political theories in Western thought. Explains the organization of societies and the formation of governments. Examines the concept of justice, equality, rights and duties, class, and power structures.
Introduces critical reasoning, including analysis and synthesis, induction and deduction, and identification of assumptions and perspectives. Emphasizes oral and written analysis and argumentation, clarifying fact, belief and value, and identifying and avoiding common fallacies of thought, logic and language.
Explores deductive and inductive reasoning, definitions, verification, argument forms, and analyzes formal and informal fallacies. Analyzes the nature of arguments for validity and soundness. Includes a study of formal techniques of sentential logic and predictive logic. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP2811 for 45 contact hours.
Introduces philosophical issues that arise from reflection on religious beliefs and practices. Includes such topics as the nature of religion, the existence of God, mysticism and religious experience, divine perfection and the problem of evil, faith and reason, religion and morality, life after death, and the diversity of religious beliefs.
Covers elements of symbolic logic, sentential, and quantificational. Analyzes forms of reasoning and structure of language.
Compares the major ideas of western religious traditions. Explores cultural and historical contexts in which these religions arose, and recent forms of these traditions. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider number CEP2811 for 45 contact hours.
Compares the major ideas of the world's eastern religious traditions. Explores how cultural and historical contexts in these religions arose, as well as recent forms of these traditions.
Studies ancient and medieval philosophy. Focuses on the development of central philosophical themes such as Plato’s concept of the soul and Aristotle’s metaphysics.
Studies the beginning of modern philosophy. Explores skepticism and rationality, the mind/body problem, and other problems.
Introduces the study of ethics in relation to biomedical issues. Examines topics such as genetic engineering, use of stem cells, abortion and the use of aborted tissue. Analyzes the ethics of physician-assisted suicide, death with dignity, and euthanasia.
Analyzes major ethical traditions with a focus on the nature of obligation, right action, responsibility and altruism. Examines the application of ethics to issues in business and professional life.
Provides on-the-job learning to develop effective work habits, attitudes, and career awareness in paid or unpaid internships that are related to the discipline. Involves the development and documentation of learning objectives and the completion of an internship paper, presentation, or project. Includes both workplace supervisor and faculty adviser feedback and/or written evaluations.
Allows independent study for students who wish to extend their knowledge of a particular area of Philosophy through research and study. Utilizes an approved independent study project. Includes one-on-one work with instructor. Interested students should contact a Philosophy instructor for assistance in developing a contract for learning about a specific topic.