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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.

What You’ll Learn

  • Recognize and develop an appreciation of diverse solutions to traditional philosophical and ethical problems
  • Demonstrate an ability to analyze and assess arguments
  • Compose an argumentative essay that supports a viewpoint with evidence
  • Display interpersonal communication skills by debating contested issues among peers
  • Outline, assess and integrate concepts from reading primary and secondary philosophical texts
  • Exhibit intellectual independence and initiative by formulating creative solutions to practical problems
  • Exhibit quantitative capacity to translate abstract concepts from natural language to symbolic form

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point to create a personal education plan customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
Need more details? Check out the degree worksheet for the AA-DTA degree and work with your advisor to make sure you’re ready to transfer in Philosophy. Course descriptions and course learning outcomes can be found in our online catalogue.

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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

Maximum estimated costs for completing this program

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    9,544
  • Non-Resident

    $
    17,651
  • International

    $
    21,823
  • Books

    $
    1,459
  • Course Fees

    $
    80
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    1,511

  • The amounts listed for tuition and lab & course fees reflects a maximum estimated cost and may be lower based on courses selected.
  • The amount listed for books is a maximum estimated cost based on the price of new textbooks purchased during the previous school year. Costs may be lower based on student choices and availability (used books vs new, rental vs purchase).
  • For more information about costs, visit our page How Much Does It Cost?

  • 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
  • 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
    Instructor
    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

Have a question? Let's hear it.

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