Philosophy does not tell you what to think.  Philosophy teaches you HOW to think. 

Our philosophy program will help you think critically and analytically about who you should be, what you should believe, what kind of society we should create, who is responsible for creating that society, how to determine right and wrong, truth and falsity, and the nature of reality.

It will give you the tools you need to understand and create arguments that will help you learn about yourself, your society, and the world around you. It will encourage you to ask questions and help you determine which questions need to be asked and answered.

If you're interested in taking a Philosophy class, but don't know which one is right for you, contact us and we can help you decide! 

Bill Stewart (wstewart@sdccd.edu) or Soon-Ah Fadness (sfadness@sdccd.edu).

Occupation Overview

Most students who earn their associate degree in philosophy transfer to four-year universities and earn bachelors degrees in a variety of disciplines. Students who earn a bachelors degree in philosophy end up pursuing diverse careers. Philosophy majors may be found in law, medicine, education, politics, scientific research, teaching, theology, scientific research, teaching, and even technology!
 

Salary Outlook

Out of all the humanities majors, a philosophy major is the best for your financial interests, both in terms of starting salary and mid-career salary (PayScale 2017).  For individuals who have an undergraduate degree only, philosophy majors have the fourth highest median salary at $81,200. In other words, the median salary of philosophy majors is higher than business, political science and chemistry majors! More impressively, philosophy majors have a growth rate of almost 104% from their starting salary to their mid-career salaries (Educational Testing Services 2012). That is the highest growth rate of all undergraduate majors.