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Philosophers seek meaning beyond surface facts. Rather than filling the mind with information, philosophy encourages students to think actively and critically. These skills are useful in a broad range of higher academic programs and professional fields, including leadership positions. Studying philosophy is also beneficial to an individual’s personal development, helping them to become more aware and enlightened citizens. Philosophers ask questions that all humans must ponder. Learning about their thoughts and reasoning can help us to understand ourselves better, other people, and the world we live in.
Students study several philosophers, ideas, and schools of thought. They learn to think critically and respond thoughtfully to various topics and questions. It is an excellent course of study for inquisitive individuals who often question the meaning behind their thoughts and actions and those of others. Many philosopher’s questions address what it means to be human, and what an individual’s place is in the community, the world, and the grand scheme of things.
Students can take philosophy courses in preparation to transfer to a four-year college or university, or for personal or professional enrichment. It is beneficial for those who wish to earn their two-year degree and enter the workforce upon graduation.
The goal of the philosophy program at Spokane Community College is to cultivate each student’s critical thinking skills and the disposition to apply them to his or her beliefs and actions in order to improve decision making.
An education in philosophy provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge, writing, and critical thinking skills which may be applied to a broad assortment of careers.
A few professions in which philosophy students may succeed are:
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PHIL& 101 — Intro to Philosophy — 5.0
Designed to enable students to examine the fundamental problems in philosophy by reading selectively the writings of the significant philosophers and analyzing them in discussion seminars. The lectures are designed to develop a perspective and sense of continuity toward the growth of Western thought.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
PHIL 110 — Intro to Ethics — 5.0
A systematic and historical analysis of some of the problems in ethics. An examination of some of the principle ethical positions and the criteria for their solutions.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
PHIL& 115 — Critical Thinking — 5.0
An informal, non-symbolic introduction to logic and critical thinking emphasizing real-life examples, natural language applications, and the informal logical fallacies.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
PHIL& 120 — Symbolic Logic — 5.0
Introduction to modern symbolic logic emphasizing sentence logic with translation and proofs and quantificational logic with translation and proofs. Prerequisite: A 2.0 or better in Math 88, 97, 98, 99, or placement score in a 100 level or above MATH course.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
PHIL 202 — NURS 202/Ethics and Policy in Healthcare I — 3.0
This course introduces ethical principles that shape the practice of healthcare professionals and are used to develop healthcare policies. This course is a concept based course introducing ethics, legal issues and health policy to nursing practice. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing program.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
PHIL 207 — NURS 207/Ethics and Policy in Healthcare II — 2.0
This course builds from the content introduced in NURS 202. Students apply the ethical principles that are used to develop and implement healthcare policies in a variety of healthcare settings. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing program.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
PHIL 209 — Eastern Philosophy — 5.0
An introduction to the philosophical perspective and values of eastern cultures and traditions.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
PHIL 220 — Philosophy of Religion — 5.0
The course is designed to give the student an understanding of both classical and contemporary philosophy of religion by concentrating on the nature of religion, religious disagreements, the existence of God, the problem of evil, the relation between faith and reason, and religious language.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
PHIL 231 — Modern Philosophical Problems — 5.0
The course includes both purely philosophical and literary manifestations of existentialism. Treatment follows a historical progression from the 19th century forerunners of existentialism (Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard) to the major modern representatives (Heidegger, Jaspers, Sartre and Camus). Prerequisite: PHIL& 101 or PHIL 110 or permission of instructor.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
With careful planning and coordination with your college Counselor, the completion of your Associate in Arts (AA-DTA) allows you to pursue your Bachelor’s Degree at a four-year college or university. View the typical student schedules below for examples.