The student of philosophy seeks to uncover the assumptions underlying our understanding of the world and to subject those assumptions to careful scrutiny using the tools of logic. Thus, in doing philosophy, one asks such fundamental questions as, “Can I really know anything about the world?” “What is my relationship to government and to society?” “Have I a free will?” “What is the relationship between the language I use and the world?” In pursuing such questions systematically, one may approach the Socratic ideal of living the “examined life”: a life in which one attempts to arrive at those beliefs best supported by reason.
Courses required for the associate degree major at IVC may not be the same as those required for the major at a four-year school. If you plan to transfer, consult a counselor to identify the courses needed for the major at your transfer school and to develop a plan that will best meet your goals. View more information about transferring at Transfer to a Four-Year Institution.