What will I learn?

Philosophy is the oldest academic subject in the world and its concerns have given rise to nearly all other specialized academic disciplines. The primary motivation of philosophy is the same as the underlying motivation of all academic thought; the desire for knowledge and understanding. Philosophy is an attempt to understand our reality, our attempts at knowledge, our quest for a good and meaningful lives and most ambitiously, our construction of a society that might make these good lives possible.

Course work in philosophy will explore the major areas of the discipline. Logic and critical thinking courses will explore the methodology of philosophic discourse and academic discourse in general. The other core courses will explore the epistemological, metaphysical, ethical and political dimensions of philosophy. The philosophy program also offers courses exploring the history of philosophy from its beginnings in the ancient world through contemporary philosophy. The program also offers a collection of courses which explore the philosophic concerns manifested in the world's religions. If you have a curious mind and seek understanding, then philosophy may be the major for you.

Program Learning Outcomes:

• Students will be able to critically analyze and evaluate arguments regarding issues of metaphysics and epistemology.
• Students will be able to critically analyze and evaluate arguments regarding issues of ethics and political philosophy.

Career Opportunities:

Philosophy graduates find careers in law, business, government, counseling, teaching, writing, computer systems analysis and other areas involving analytic skills.

Which department am I in?

Business and Social Sciences Division

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$8,064.00 per year
Tuition is based on USD $224 per unit for 12 units for 3 quarters
Application deadline

Expected February 2022

Start date

Expected January, April 2022

Venue

Business and Social Sciences Division

Building 5200, Room 5211,

LOS ALTOS HILLS,

California,

94022, United States

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$8,064.00 per year
Tuition is based on USD $224 per unit for 12 units for 3 quarters
Application deadline

Expected February 2022

Start date

Expected January, April 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Foothill has an open-door admission policy for all high-school graduates and non-graduates who are 18 years of age or older.

For international students

Applicants must have a proof of high school completion or equivalent.

Proof of Proficiency: TOEFL: Minimum requirement of 61 iBT or 500 PBT; iTEP : Minimum requirement of Level 4; IELTS: Minimum requirement of 6.0; Step Eiken: Minimum requirement of 2A; Pearsons PTE Academic: Minimum requirement of 45; Cambridge English: Minimum requirement of 175 on Advanced exam; Duolingo: Minimum requirement of 95 (50 old version); GTEC CBT: Minimum requirement of 1100.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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