Philosophy is active, critical, and speculative inquiry into the meaning of human existence, the nature of reality, human knowledge and its justifications, and the pursuit of acceptable grounds for human conduct. Philosophy courses at Pierce are designed not only for students who plan to transfer as philosophy majors to four-year institutions, but for anyone with an interest in philosophical questions and in the development of methods and skills for determining their own answers.
Students working toward their transfer degree typically take a variety of courses designed to fulfill the general requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. Students intending to transfer to a four-year college for further training in philosophy are encouraged to work closely with their advisor to ensure they meet the requirements of the college they wish to attend after Pierce.
All philosophy majors should take at least a representative sample of the following courses, working closely with an advisor to determine those that best meet their specific educational needs. In addition, most bachelor's degree programs in philosophy require the study of at least one foreign language from among the following: French, German, Latin, or Ancient Greek.
Philosophy major: General emphasis
Philosophy major: Values emphasis