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.


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 options for the Philosophy program
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Associate in Arts Philosophy Emphasis Arizona State University Philosophy (Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University Philosophy (Morality, Politics, and Law) (Bachelor of Arts)
Northern Arizona University Philosophy (Bachelor of Arts)
Northern Arizona University Philosophy, Politics, and Law (Bachelor of Arts)
University of Arizona Philosophy (Bachelor of Arts)
University of Arizona Philosophy, Politics, Economic, and Law (Bachelor of Arts)

Career Opportunities

The Philosophy program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators $51,490
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $123,490
Lawyers $107,270
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $70,440
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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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.