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Philosophy is the systematic study of concepts such as truth, reality, reason and logic, ethics and morality, justice, beauty, and God.  Philosophy is concerned with posing and answering questions as difficult and varied as, What is truth?, Can each person have her own truth?, What is the relation of formal logic to human reasoning?, How should human beings live their lives?, Can there be human actions that are morally right (or wrong) independently of society’s judgment?, Does beauty exist only in the eye of the beholder?, and Does God exist?
Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate studies in philosophy commonly include the foreign service, computer science, and creative writing.  Careers in the discipline that generally require graduate-level degrees include college teaching, law, medicine, psychiatry, and social work.
Even students who choose not to major in philosophy find that coursework in the field can improve their ability to reason abstractly,  think in an analytic and rigorous manner, read and thoroughly comprehend technical and/or complex texts, and understand and appreciate ideas and viewpoints very different from their own.
College of the Desert’s philosophy curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview of the discipline, as well as covering topics in analytic metaphysics, epistemology, moral philosophy, and philosophy of religions (Western and Asian).
The College offers an associate of arts degree, as well as courses leading to transfer. Students may also choose to continue their study toward a baccalaureate or advanced degree in the field. COD has transfer agreements with the CSU and UC systems in the discipline of philosophy. However, transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities tend to vary from institution to institution; students should consult with a counselor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university.
Advisor: M. Smith
and Transfer Preparation
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
PHIL 6 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL​ 7 Great Ideas of the Philosophers 3
​​​PHIL ​10  ​General Logic ​3
​PHIL ​14 ​Introduction to Ethics ​3
​PHIL 17​ ​Philosophy of Religion ​3
Plus one course from the following:
PHIL 12 Religions of the World 3
​PHIL ​13 ​Perspectives on Death and Dying ​4
​PHIL ​18 ​Philosophy of Science ​3
  Required Subtotal 18
  CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 37-39
  Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)