In Minneapolis College's Philosophy program, you will have the opportunity to ask the “big” questions of what exists, how we know what we know, how we should act and how we should reason. Focusing on critical thinking and reasoned arguments, the program explores themes of ethics, logic, self-identity, religion, the environment and social activism from the perspectives of varied cultures, traditions and radical thought.
- Minneapolis College’s diverse student population is reflected in the global and multicultural approach to the study of philosophy. In this dynamic academic environment, you will challenge ethnocentric, patriarchal, racist and classist traditions of philosophy.
- You will receive personal attention from faculty members’ diverse teaching backgrounds who hold masters’ or doctoral degrees.
- Coursework, assignments and activities provide you with opportunities to apply philosophy and critical thought to historical and contemporary issues of social justice within the global community.
- Compare and contrast multiple and various perspectives, such as religious, cultural, theoretical, gender and location
- Critically engage the personal, professional and philosophical implications and responsibilities of living an examined life
- Produce clear and well-supported arguments for a particular thesis, course of action, and/or workable solution
- Analyze historical and contextual frameworks for philosophical concepts, arguments, theories and schools of thought through speaking and/or writing.
- Summarize origins, assumptions, motivations and implications of concepts, arguments, theories, and schools of thought.
- Diagram and assess the connection between an argument's reasons and the conclusion drawn from those reasons, in other words, test arguments for soundness, validity and relevance
- You will read about the major philosophers and philosophical traditions including African, Asian, European, Middle Eastern, American and feminist.
- You will develop an understanding of the historical and contextual framework for philosophical concepts, arguments, theories and schools of thought.
- You will learn how to identify the origins, assumptions, motivations and implications of concepts, arguments, theories and schools of thought.
- You will gain skills for analyzing the similarities and differences among multiple perspectives, such as religious, cultural, racial, theoretical, gender and location.
- You will get experience in proposing clear, well-supported arguments for a particular thesis, course of action or workable solution.
The Philosophy Club brings students and faculty together in an informal setting to discuss philosophers and ideas; strengthen critical thinking and writing skills; and promote conferences, speakers, and publishing opportunities. There are also frequently guest speakers invited to speak at the department.
With an A.A. in Philosophy from Minneapolis College, you can go on to get a four year degree in a number of different fields of study. You will have a solid preparation for your continued educational path working with ideas, whether you want to go on to law school, seminary, become a teacher, or any number of different professions.
Potential Job Titles
- Religious Leader
Where You Could Work
- Careers related to this major are those that value critical and analytical thought from multiple perspectives.
- Graduates often pursue careers in teaching, law, business, religion, environmental sciences, political and social science, humanities and literature.
- In addition, a philosophy curriculum is excellent preparation for graduate programs in a variety of fields.