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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.

Transfer possibilities

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.

Philosophy major

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

  • CMST& 220: Public speaking
  • ENGL 107: Composition: Writing about literature
  • HIST& 126-128: World civilizations I-III
  • PHIL& 101: Intro to philosophy
  • PHIL& 106: Intro to logic
  • PHIL 150: Intro to ethics

Philosophy major: Values emphasis

  • ANTH& 100: Survey of anthropology
  • ART 105: Intro to art
  • ENGL 103: Composition: Argumentation and research
  • ENGL& 114: Intro to poetry
  • MUSC& 105: Music appreciation
  • PHIL& 101: Intro to philosophy
  • PHIL& 106: Intro to logic
  • PHIL 110: Intro to bioethics
  • PHIL 150: Intro to ethics
  • PHIL 155: Ethics in business
  • PHIL 210: Philosophy of western religion
  • PSYC& 100: General psychology

Emily Kulbacki
Philosophy Instructor