Learn How to Think, Not What to Think

What do we believe and why do we believe it? Who are we and why are we here? What ought we do and why should we do it? Philosophy encourages critical and systematic inquiry into fundamental questions of right and wrong, truth and falsehood, the meaning of life, and the nature of reality, knowledge and society. More than any other discipline, philosophy explores the core issues of the Western intellectual tradition. Philosophy encourages the student to formulate questions and follow arguments.

Philosophy provides an excellent preparation for law school and other professional programs, as well as a solid foundation for a career in business, teaching, writing, or public service.

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Social Sciences, Communications, World Languages Division

Dr. Alex Miranda, Dean

For more information contact:
Lindsay McNutt
Division Coordinator

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Philosophy will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Luis Obispo
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website:

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

Career Opportunities

Philosophy is the ultimate “transferable work skill.”  With its emphasis on reason and argumentation, philosophy is an excellent preparation for a career in law, religion, business, international diplomacy, social work, medical management or writing as well as post-graduate education. Philosophy majors successfully work in, but are not limited to the following occupational fields:

  • lawyer
  • banker
  • public relations director
  • publisher
  • journalist
  • retail management
  • librarian
  • counselor
  • marketing
  • consulting
  • research
  • accountant
  • social worker
  • professor
  • self-employed
  • labor relations
  • foreign service officer
  • public policy
  • non-profit work
  • minister
  • teacher

Department Co-Chair: Noah Levin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Philosophy

B.S., Harvey Mudd College; M.A., Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

(714) 892-7711 x51062

Office: ADMIN 213

Jason Sheley, Ph.D.

Instructor, Philosophy

B.A., Philosophy, University of Southern California; B.A., Political Science, University of Southern California; M.A., Philosophy, California State University, Long Beach; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California, Irvine.

(714) 892-7711 x51053

Office: ADMIN 225

Department Co-Chair: Sunshine McClain

Associate Professor, History

A.A. in Social Studies at Golden West College; B.A. in History at California State University, Fullerton; M.A. in History at University of California, Irvine

(714) 892-7711 x51048

Office: ADMIN 228


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