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Philosophy

Are you an intellectual thinker? Do you often ponder reality, existence and the differences between right and wrong? If yes, consider studying philosophy.

In this program, you’ll join a conversation that began thousands of years ago with Socrates and Plato. Your courses will explore topics such as ethics, logic, religion and modern philosophical questions. You’ll examine fundamental intellectual problems concerning reality, knowledge, reason and value; and you’ll explore how philosophers have attempted to solve these problems over the centuries.

If you would like to get a taste of what a Philosophy course might be like, then consider attending one of our biweekly online presentations that provide an introduction to Philosophy through the lens of popular culture and contemporary events. Past events have included "The Idea of Truth in a Post-Truth World" and "I'd Rather You Trust Me Than to Love Me -- Kendrick Lamar and the Meaning of Love."  Here is a link to one presentation for example. Please email Dr. Steven Schoonover for dates and details if you are interested.

Philosophy provides an excellent background for careers in many fields—from law to teaching to economics. This pre-major program provides the general education requirements needed to transfer to a four-year university or college.

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.

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Total Credits: 90

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
GUID 105
Student Success
2
Choose 1 course from:
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
PHIL& 120
Symbolic Logic
5
Choose 1 course from:
PHIL 110
Introduction to Ethics
5
PHIL 215
Environmental Philosophy
5
PHIL 220
Philosophy of Religion
5
PHIL& 101
Introduction to Philosophy
5
PHIL& 115
Critical Thinking
5
Choose 1 course from:
HLTH 101
Health and Wellness
3
HLTH 104
Stress Management
3
HLTH 174
First Aid
3
HLTH 270
Nutrition for Fitness
3
Total Credits
 
15
 

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
Choose 1 course from:
PHIL 110
Introduction to Ethics
5
PHIL 215
Environmental Philosophy
5
PHIL 220
Philosophy of Religion
5
PHIL& 101
Introduction to Philosophy
5
PHIL& 115
Critical Thinking
5
Choose 1 course from:
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
PHIL& 120
Symbolic Logic
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Choose 1 course from:
ASTR& 101
Introduction to Astronomy
5
PHYS 100
Introductory Physics
5
Choose 1 course from:
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
SOC 221
Race and Ethnic Relations
5
SOC 230
Sociology of Gender
5
Choose 1 course from:
FILM 141
Introduction to Film
5
FILM 224
Contemporary Global Cinema
5
FILM 236
The Documentary Film
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Choose 1 course from:
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
5
CMST& 220
Public Speaking
5
JOURN 220
Introduction to News Writing
5
Choose 1 course from:
ENGL 249
American Literature Since 1865
5
ENGL 259
African American Literature
5
ENGL 278
Women Writers
5
Choose 5 credit from:
ART 101
Fundamentals of Drawing
4
DRMA 106
Theatre Production
1 - 5
MUSC 145
Concert Band
1 - 3
PE 187
Cross Training
2
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 100
Survey of Anthropology
5
ANTH& 206
Cultural Anthropology
5
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 205
Biological Anthropology
5
ASTR& 100
Survey of Astronomy
5
CHEM 116
Reactions: Our Actions and Inactions
5
Choose 1 course from:
PHIL 110
Introduction to Ethics
5
PHIL 215
Environmental Philosophy
5
PHIL 220
Philosophy of Religion
5
PHIL& 101
Introduction to Philosophy
5
PHIL& 115
Critical Thinking
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Choose 1 course from:
ART 112
Non-Western Art
5
ART& 100
Art Appreciation
5
Choose 1 course from:
PHIL 110
Introduction to Ethics
5
PHIL 215
Environmental Philosophy
5
PHIL 220
Philosophy of Religion
5
PHIL& 101
Introduction to Philosophy
5
PHIL& 115
Critical Thinking
5
Choose 1 course from:
POLS 125
Introduction to Global Issues
5
POLS& 101
Intro to Political Science
5
POLS& 203
International Relations
5
Total Credits
 
15
 
  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
  • Non-Resident

    $
  • International

    $
  • Avg. Books

    $
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
  • Institutional Fees

    $

These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

  • Suzie Heimbigner
    Suzie Heimbigner
    Humanities Pathway Specialist
    Suzie.Heimbigner@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3403

  • Linda Beane-Boose
    Linda Beane-Boose
    Dean of Humanities
    B.A., The College of Wooster; M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois; Additional studies, Harvard Institutes for Higher Education
    Linda.Beane-Boose@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3455
  • Greg Roth
    Greg Roth
    Program Assistant
    M.Div., Episcopal Theological School; Th.M., Weston College School of Theology; MA STL, Ph.D./SThD., International Marian Research Institute University of Dayton
    Greg.Roth@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3579
  • Steven Schoonover
    Steven Schoonover
    Philosophy
    B.A., Wittenberg University; Ph.D., Michigan State University
    Steven.Schoonover@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3513
  • Laura Templeman
    Laura Templeman
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton; M.A., University of New Mexico
    Laura.Templeman@sfcc.spokane.edu
    208-660-5477
  • Britni Weaver-Forsman
    Britni Weaver-Forsman
    Philosophy
    B.A., M.A., Gonzaga University
    Britni.Weaver-Forsman@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3767
  • David Weise
    David Weise
    ADJUNCT ACADEMIC EMPLOYEE
    David.Weise@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3464

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Britni Weaver

Department Chair
Britni.Weaver@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3737
Office: Bldg. 24, Rm. 349

Steven Schoonover

Faculty
Steven.Schoonover@sfcc.spokane.edu
Office: Bldg. 24, Rm. 340

Suzie Heimbigner

Pathways Specialist
suzie.heimbigner@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3403
Building 24, Office 108C