Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society

Socrates died in 399 BCE, but living an examined life is just as important as it ever was. We are still confronted with fundamental questions that demand answers: what is the nature of existence, how should we live our lives, how can we know the truth? Philosophy is the academic discipline that explores the foundational questions upon which all other inquiries depend, and provides a foundation for all human investigation.

In the Philosophy program at MCC you’ll study the greatest thinkers in human history. You’ll explore the foundational questions of human inquiry in Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, and Aesthetics. You’ll explore the history of ideas and discover how they shaped the world we live in today. You’ll also investigate Logic, the methodology of Philosophy, and explore the definition, nature and limits of human reason. In Philosophy you’ll learn to question all assumptions and to think objectively in the pursuit of truth. Philosophy provides an excellent foundation for your studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and students of Philosophy consistently score more highly on the entrance exams for law school than any other undergraduate major.

Transfer Degree

Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.

A list of available transfer degree options for the Philosophy program
At MCC, get an... Emphasis in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Philosophy Philosophy Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Philosophy (no emphasis)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Philosophy (Morality, Politics and Law)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences) Philosophy, Religion and Society
(Bachelor of Arts)
Northern Arizona University Philosophy (no emphasis)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Northern Arizona University Philosophy, Politics and Law
(Bachelor of Arts)
University of Arizona Philosophy (General Emphasis and Ethics Emphasis)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Grand Canyon University Christian Studies (Philosophy emphasis)
(Bachelor of Arts)

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a degree or certificate within the Philosophy program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers


Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates


Postsecondary Philosophy and Religion Teachers


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Philosophy program is available through the Philosophy & Religious Studies department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.