The discipline of Philosophy is ancient, deep, and broad. From questions about the nature of the universe, the nature of humans, the existence God, how humans ought to live and behave, and what makes something beautiful, Philosophy informs us in countless ways and enriches our lives. 

Students in the Philosophy program earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior. Courses are available in-person (day and evening) and online. 

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Art degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit. 

Program Code

8400 Pre-Majors/Transfer Degree Associate of Arts (AA)

Program Curriculum

  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year

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Program Contacts

Dr. Michael Scott Valle
Office: SBE-124
(480) 423-6233

Department Office
Office: SBE-133
Phone: (480) 423-6206
Fax:(480) 423-6298

Transfer Options

Arizona State University 

Northern Arizona University

University of Arizona

While students may also choose to transfer to out-of-state programs, we do not have transfer partnerships with those programs. Connect with your transfer destination to determine which courses can be taken at SCC.

Career Outlook

Philosophers obtain careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Editing
  • Paralegal
  • Public Policy
  • Non-Profit Sector
  • Blogging
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Copyrighting
  • Technical Writing
  • Grant Writing
  • Law

Some specific jobs associated with entry-level jobs well suited for philosophy majors include:

Career Name  Median Salary
Editorial Assistant 36,000
Paralegal 38,000
Public Policy 57,000
Non-Profit 47,000
Teacher 57,000