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The study of philosophy serves to develop intellectual abilities important for life as a whole, beyond the knowledge and skills required for any particular profession. Properly pursued, it enhances analytical, critical, and interpretive capacities that are applicable to any subject-matter and in any human context. It cultivates the capacities and appetite for self-expression and reflection, for exchange and debate of ideas, for life-long learning, and for dealing with problems for which there are no easy answers.
It also helps to prepare one for the tasks of citizenship. Participation in political and community affairs today is all too often insufficiently informed, manipulable, and vulnerable to demagoguery. A good philosophical education enhances the capacity to participate responsibly and intelligently in public life.
Opportunities to study:
- Moral Philosophy
- Political Philosophy
- Medical Ethics
- Environmental Ethics
- Philosophy of Religion
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Posing and attempting to answer the hard questions about reality and the meaning and value of life not only enriches your life generally, but it can also prepare you for work in the global economy. The jobs of tomorrow do not exist today, so instead of spending your precious time being taught a trade that will soon be obsolete, spend your time learning how to think and solve complex problems.
The Bachelor’s in Philosophy at Columbia College is also the premier preparatory degree for graduate school, seminary, and professional schools. Philosophy majors outscore most other majors on the required entrance exams for Graduate School, Law School, and MBA programs.
Columbia College students who have majored in Philosophy have gone to some of the following careers:
- University Professor
- Attorney at Law
- Bank Manager
- Senior Ethics Officer at Major Corporation
- Research Specialist
- Non-Profit Executive
- Small Business Owner
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- General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
- Core requirements 12 credit hours
- Electives 31-34 credit hours
- Multicultural requirements 6 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
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An investigation of the philosophy of existentialism through works of philosophy and fiction. The class will consider the different views of the self in existentialist thought, the relationship of the self to the world and to others, and the nature of human freedom and responsibility. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
A careful study of the works of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Guevara, and others. Focus will be on understanding and evaluating textual arguments and on understanding the lasting impact of Marxism on intellectual traditions. Prerequisite: Successful completion of one of the following: ENGL 133W, POSC 111, SOCI 111, HIST 102, HIST 112 or PHIL 201.
Philosophical exploration of the classical issues of theistic religious thought, such as the reality of God, the problem of evil, religious language, life after death and the pluralism of religious traditions. Cross-listed as RELI 350. Prerequisite: PHIL 101 or RELI 101.
Study of the principles and methods of formal symbolic logic. Emphases on derivations for sentence and predicate logic.
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