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A degree in philosophy from El Camino provides you with many academic and career opportunities as you explore a range of ethical theories, contemporary and practical moral issues, and core metaphysical ideas. Degree paths can lead to a variety of careers in both the public and private sector.

Approximate cost for an El Camino College philosophy degree
Career opportunities for this program are expected to grow 12.3% nationwide from 2016 to 2026
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $43,000 to $157,000 with an average salary of $80,000

Our Philosophy Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) degree typically takes two years to complete. 

Philosophy at El Camino focuses on critical thinking, analysis, and the major concepts and issues that have shaped philosophical traditions.

Earn a Degree that Can Lead to a Career or University Transfer

Many students want to start their career right after earning a degree; others choose to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree and beyond. We can help you discover the best path for you.

Philosophy Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) Degree

This degree takes you on a journey to answer some of the world’s most existential questions. You’ll engage in critical and systematic thinking and prepare for many professional occupations.

  • Gain a strong academic foundation in philosophy and preparation for university study.
  • Discover and analyze the logical structure of arguments and critical reasoning in writing and thinking.
  • Explore ideas about right and wrong, truth and falsehood, the meaning of life, and the nature of human beings from current and historic perspectives.
  • Enroll in courses specifically designed to transfer to a CSU campus.
  • Start your journey toward a bachelor’s degree, a rewarding career, and even graduate study.

Pursue an Entry-Level Job in the Public or Private Sector or Further Your Education

Once you graduate, you can choose to work right after earning a degree, or transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree and beyond. We’re here to help you identify career options and decide on the best step after graduation.

  • Work in a broad range of job positions, such as public policy professional, teacher, healthcare professional, journalist.
  • Find additional career opportunities available with more education: lawyer, counselor, social worker, professor, and more.
  • Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $43,000 to $157,000 with an average salary of $80,000.

Philosophy will help you become more of the following:

  • Open-minded: You will be exposed to many new perspectives and learn to see the world through the eyes of those who have different backgrounds than you.
  • Self-reflective: You will learn to question your own beliefs and see that had you been born elsewhere, your beliefs and values would certainly be quite different.
  • Inquisitive: You will not blindly accept what other people say and will have a questioning mind that has a healthy skepticism and searches for the facts.
  • Authentic: You will develop your own beliefs based on your own reasons, and not tenaciously hold onto those beliefs you have unreflectively acquired in your childhood.
  • Tolerant: You will realize that you cannot prove that your moral or religious beliefs are true or even clearly the best, and those with other beliefs may be as justified as you are in your beliefs.
  • Articulate: The increased discipline in your thinking and language will help you communicate clearly in your writing and speaking.
  • Benevolently Motivated: You will be motivated to make your life count and make a difference in the world. 

Explore All Aspects of Your Degree

Attend special events and activities as you expand your learning beyond the classroom.

  • Find support from tutoring in all your classes.
  • Join the Philosophy Club and participate in guest lectures and other activities.
  • Access a variety of internships and research opportunities. 
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Academic Details

Learn about course requirements and more for the Philosophy AA-T degree in El Camino’s online catalog.

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Philosophy Program Maps

Find semester-by-semester plans that chart your path to a Philosophy AA-T degree.

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Connect with the Faculty

Use the Faculty Directory to connect with Faculty in your program and the Faculty Schedule list to know when your faculty are available.

Contact Info

El Camino College

Philosophy Department