AA Transfer Degree

The Value and Role of Philosophy in Higher Education

 A Philosophy course is essential to having a successful education and life.  Philosophy is not a course about a bunch of long dead Greek and Roman philosophers.  The information that is learned in a philosophy course is invaluable and will be used for a lifetime.  The basics for our legal system, government, politics, education systems and various other institutions can trace their roots back to philosophy.  Philosophy teaches various methods of thinking and the foundation of those thoughts.  As with most things in life some are better than others but knowledge is power.  The “great thinkers” in history were typically philosophers;   they were searching for the truth.                    ~  Rebecca McCollum, JWCC Student


Philosophy majors who became famous:

Writers: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Studs Terkel (Pulitzer Prize, 1985), Ayn Rand, Juan Williams (US journalist), Ethan Coen (filmmaker and writer)

Business Individuals: George Soros, Carleton 'Carly' Fiorina

Thomas Jefferson, third US president

US Supreme Court Justice: David Souter, Stephen Breyer  

Nobel Peace Prize recipient: Albert Schweitzer  (1952), Elie Wiesel (1986),

Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago

Steve Martin, actor


"Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too." ~ Voltaire

A major in Philosophy develops skills, necessary in many professions:

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Argument Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Information Management
  • Design and Planning Skills
  • Research and Investigation Skills
  • Management and Administration Skills

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