Why Choose Philosophy at PPCC?

People are selling more than consumer goods in the world today. The market place of ideas contains competing political ideologies, religious beliefs and different value systems. Is there a value in explaining and defending what you do and believe? To stand your ground and yet be open to new ideas and view? The skills that Philosophy teaches will always be in high demand: the ability to think and write clearly, reveal assumptions, trace implications, and see things in a broader context. A philosophy degree from PPCC equips individuals to make lucid choices amid this ever-changing world, and gives them the intellectual strength to defend what they do and what they believe.

What will I study?

Philosophy prepares students with problem solving and critical thinking skills by exploring the big questions of life. The program equips individuals to understand their own beliefs and values in a complex, changing world. As a philosophy student at PPCC, you will:

  • Learn about ethics in order to develop your personal principles and values.
  • Understand the principles of logic, developing the skills for creative and critical thinking.
  • Explore the philosophy of religion, examining the fundamental concepts, ideas and implications of religion.

Example Classes I Might Take

Introduces significant human questions and emphasizes understanding the meaning and methods of philosophy. Includes human condition, knowledge, freedom, history, ethics, the future, and religion.
Examines human life, experience, and thought in order to discover and develop the principles and values for pursuing a more fulfilled existence. Theories designed to justify ethical judgments are applied to a selection of contemporary personal and social issues.
Focuses on the critical examination of the fundamental concepts, ideas, and implications of religion. Includes the nature of God, the varieties of religious experience, argument concerning God’s existence, the Problem of Evil, faith and reason, religion and human destiny, and the connection between religion and ethics.
Critically analyzes theories of value of the natural world. Topics include the relation between scientific and moral principles; theories of the moral worth of persons, animals, plants and other natural objects; historical, religious and cultural influences on conceptions of nature; alternative accounts of human relationships and responsibilities to nature, including deep ecology and eco-feminism; and the connection between moral and political values and economic policies.
"We agreed that ease in learning, a good memory, courage and high-mindedness belong to the philosophic nature."

"Philosophy made me a better leader, a compassionate authority, a good judge of right and wrong. I wouldn't trade the knowledge it gave me for any other undergraduate degree."
-R.P. Durham, Lt. Colonel USAF (ret.)

Career Options

Some philosophy majors plan to go on to graduate school with the goal of teaching philosophy at the college level. For these students, a major in philosophy is the best undergraduate preparation. Most philosophy majors, though, do not pursue graduate studies and can find careers in a number of professions. Business and government employers are often pleased to hire philosophy majors because of their ability to read carefully, write clearly and to see to the heart of complex problems. The rigorous training philosophy majors receive in analysis and argumentation result in their performing particularly well on admissions tests for law school, business school and graduate programs in academic disciplines.

  • Teaching
  • Business
  • Government
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Environmental Policy
  • Theology
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