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Think critically

If you've ever heard someone's opinion on a topic and were inclined to ask, "Why should I believe that?" then you have begun to philosophize. Some common philosophical questions are: Is there a God? What is right? What is the meaning of life? Is there a soul? What is justice?

The Philosophy Department at Harper College offers a wide variety of classes including critical thinking, ethics and social/political philosophy. We also teach specialized courses in applied philosophy, including business ethics and medical ethics. Additionally, courses in world religions, religion in America and non-Western philosophy are available.

Class activities range from lecture to class discussions, from debates to journals, and to small group work. Philosophy courses are offered in a variety of formats including traditional classroom settings, online and learning communities. None of the courses require a philosophy prerequisite. All require that you read and write at the college level.

Start at Harper. Finish at a four-year university.

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in philosophy. Speak with your advisor about the best courses to take to meet your academic goals.

Harper also offers institution-specific transfer information to help prepare you to transition to a four-year university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.


Explore Philosophy Careers

Learn more about career outcomes for Harper's Philosophy degree program. Each career profile offers a complete picture on the local job market, including salaries, open positions, top local employers and more. To learn more, visit our Philosophy Careers page.

Next steps

For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

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Last Updated: 4/8/24