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Philosophy Option, Liberal Arts A.A.

 

What are the advantages of a degree in Philosophy?

Philosophy encourages you to ask questions about right and wrong, truth and falsehood, the nature of reality, knowledge, society, as well as the meaning of life. You must be capable of making rational arguments and understanding philosophical research. The primary skill of philosophers is to take complex and ill-defined problems, and clarify them until they are solvable.  

A degree in philosophy will help you with some of the most important skills needed today. You will develop critical thinking skills, clear writing abilities and the confidence to handle uncertainty. Most think "teacher" or "professor" when they think of jobs for philosophy graduates. If a career as an educator is your choice, the national median pay for a professor of philosophy at a college or university was $72,470.00 in 2015, according to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 13% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

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MEET DAN HUDSON, SOCIAL SCIENCES PROFESSOR

Professor Dan Hudson, Social Sciences Division

Much of being successful in life is not just what you think, but how you think. Philosophy provides you with a solid foundation of sound critical thinking skills that will be beneficial to you, regardless of the career you pursue.
– Associate Professor, Social Sciences Division, Gulf Coast State College
 

 a philosophy degree ranks as the top humanities degree

According to Dailynous.com, philosophy is the “top humanities bachelor's degree” in PayScale’s ranking of majors by salary. Payscale.com reports that salaries for employees with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy range from $42,500.00 annually (paralegal), to $111,500.00 per year (associate attorney).  It's apparent there are plenty of employment opportunities available to you if decide to pursue a degree in philosophy.

Archivist Business Recruiter Consultant Clergy
Curator Engineering & Design Lobbyist Genealogist
Attorney/Lawyer Politics Public Administration Non-Profit Director
Foreign Service Officer Paralegal Museum Technician Professor
 

Program Requirements

Communications Area  CH
 •+*ENC1101, English I 3
 +*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
See General Education Requirement 6
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Electives
 Electives 24
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS 60

Recommended electives:

 +*PHI2600, Ethics, 3 crs. (Meets Humanities, Philosophy/Religion requirement for A.A.)

+*PHH2060, Introduction to Classical Philosophy, 3 crs. (Meets Humanities, Philosophy/Religion requirement for A.A.)

+*PHI2635, Biomedical Ethics, 3 crs. (Meets Humanities, Philosophy/Religion requirement for A.A.)

EUH1001, Western Civilization II, 3 crs. (Meets Social Sciences, History requirement for A.A.)

+*PHI2010, Introduction to Philosophy, 3 crs. (Meets Humanities, Philosophy/Religion requirement for A.A.)

+*REL2300, Religions of the World, 3 crs. (Meets Humanities, Philosophy/Religion requirement for A.A.)

+*REL2315, Eastern Religions, 3 crs. (Meets Humanities, Philosophy/Religion requirement for A.A.)


• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

 

My academic plan (map)

Refer to My Academic Plan (MAP-AA/Liberal Arts (PHIL-AA)) for a recommended path and timetable, from start to graduation, for obtaining your degree or certification.

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Ready to apply? You'll need to complete the general application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast State College admissions page to learn more about the application process. 

Visit the Gulf Coast State College course catalog for specific general education class requirements, course prerequisites, admission requirements, and additional information for the university transfer track.

 

Contact an advisor

Tara VanNette
Associate Professor, Social Sciences
850-769-1551, extension 2830

tvannette@gulfcoast.edu

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Daniel Hudson
Associate Professor, Social Sciences
850-769-1551, extension 2833

dhudson@gulfcoast.edu

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