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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
Suzie Heimbigner, Guided Pathways Curriculum Advisor Humanities Pathway
Suzie joined the staff at SFCC in July 2021. She brings over a decade of experience supporting student success, beginning her career with Spokane Virtual Learning (SVL), the online learning program of Spokane Public Schools. While with SVL, Suzie led a team of student support staff and was integral in the development of a multi-tiered intervention structure focused on student achievement. Suzie holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Idaho.
Suzie is happy to serve as the Curriculum Advisor and point of contact for students in the Humanities Pathway.
Linda Beane-Boose, Dean of Humanities at SFCC since 2016, has enjoyed a career in higher education which spans thirty years, including positions as director of faculty development, founding director of academic service-learning, and founding director of language services for the Center for International Education at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin. She has experience in faculty development and mentorship, pedagogical innovation, enhancing institutional mission, accreditation, and administration. Linda has held leadership positions in the Professional and Organizational Development Network for Higher Education which focuses on faculty development. She completed a BA from the College of Wooster before earning her Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Linda’s favorite thing about being dean is working together with dedicated faculty and staff to advance the mission of SFCC. She loves collaborating with others to better serve students, faculty, and the community. In her spare time, Linda enjoys cooking, gardening, wine tasting, cross-training, and biking, hiking and cross-country skiing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Greg Roth, Ph.D. joined the philosophy and photography faculties at Spokane Falls Community College in 2000. He has studied philosophy and theology at Whitworth University, Harvard University (Episcopal Theological School) Boston College and the University of Dayton. He delights in teaching ethics, intro to philosophy, philosophy of religion, eastern philosophy, environmental ethics but in particular critical thinking. Dr Roth enjoys teaching visual critical thinking as part of critical thinking. He has given lectures to PLATO-WA, the organization for all the philosophy and logic instructors in the Community Colleges of Washington State, Princeton University and on SFCC’s Philosophy Presents.
Steven Schoonover joined the SFCC Philosophy faculty in 2019 after moving to Spokane from his native Ohio. His interests include all the BIG QUESTIONS—ranging from issues about social justice and human happiness to the existence of God and free will. Among his most profound joys is the opportunity to philosophize daily with SFCC students. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Michigan State University.
Laura Templeman graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton as a pre-medical philosophy major, graduated with a specialty in East- West comparative philosophies from University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, and attended University of Idaho studying psychology and philosophy. She is a Certified Philosophical Counselor and studies and teaches mindfulness meditation in addition to philosophy, world religions, ethics, and logic. She is a fan of lifelong learning and not only teaches but also takes classes most semesters. Philosophy, psychology, physics are her favorite subjects, but her interests have widened to things not starting with the letter p such as accounting, biology, genetics, sign language, Spanish, golfing (badly), gardening (poorly), and cooking without burning things. She has lived in New York with skunks, mosquitoes, and lack of winter sun, California with roaches and lots of sun, New Mexico with black widow spiders and sunshine, and Idaho with skunks, mosquitoes, and low Vitamin D opportunities for half the year. When not teaching, she may be found walking along the lake listening to audiobooks. She lives on two acres with her husband and their family of dog, cat, and chickens.
Britni Weaver-Forsman took her first philosophy class as a student at SFCC. She transferred to Gonzaga earning a BA in Political Science and an MA in philosophy. She joined SFCC in 1999 as a philosophy instructor and is grateful to be sharing philosophy with students from her alma mater. Discussing and pondering the ultimate questions with her students has been one of her greatest blessings.
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