Classes include critical thinking, ethics, and social/political philosophy.
If you've ever been unsatisfied with accepting 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 Nonwestern Philosophy are available.
Class activities range from lecture to class discussions, from debates to journals, and 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.
AA degree/transfer options
The Associate in Arts degree prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in philosophy:
- Harper's Animal Rights Club, Ethics Bowl and Think Tank are open to all students. Each provides a fun format for lively discussions and a valuable educational experience.
- The Philosophy Speaker Series presents lectures by noted philosophers. The series is free and open to the public.