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Philosophy is concerned with our most fundamental assumptions about human experience.

The study of philosophy involves such questions as: What can we know and how do we know it? What criteria should we use to decide whether an action is right or wrong? What makes human life worthwhile? Philosophy is also concerned with the way in which we answer these questions, i.e. with the construction and evaluation of arguments.

Career opportunities

A student with an interest in philosophy would ordinarily transfer to a four-year college or university in order to obtain a Bachelor's degree. Such an education would prepare him or her for graduate work in the subject or for certain business and professional schools where a liberal education is required. One of the most noteworthy of these is law, since the philosopher's training in general argument analysis facilitates consideration of the special kinds of legal argumentation. A person who is interested in teaching philosophy must obtain a Master's degree to be employed by a community college, or a Ph.D. in order to teach at the university level.

Most colleges and universities offer a degree in philosophy; the requirements may differ from one institution to another so interested students should consult with a counselor in order to determine the best preparation for their particular case.

Contact Information
Philosophy Department
Chair: Claudia Close
Phone: 831.479.6141
Location: Aptos Campus, Rm. 433D
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