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The study of philosophy is concerned with the fundamental questions of being human.

  • What is the nature of our relationship as human beings to the world and to one another?
  • What is the nature of the physical universe?
  • What is beauty? What is truth? Are human beings free to act? What is a moral decision? What is reality?

The study of philosophy nurtures intellectual curiosity through philosophical inquiry and encourages students to become thoughtful and reflective thinkers. The study of philosophy asks that students raise questions about truth, reality, and values—personal, cultural, and societal.

To think philosophically and analytically, students must learn to use basic, logical reasoning skills. The philosophy department at NVCC emphasizes the philosophical archetypes from the Pre-Socratics to the present in order to encourage the development of logical-reasoning and critical-thinking skills. The study of philosophy develops the ability to analyze various modes of discourse. Students develop the ability to identify and construct arguments. In addition, students are encouraged to develop personal philosophies in order to determine their own sense of truth and reality.

It is also an excellent background if you want to continue on to a four-year school or eventually earn a degree in law or public administration. Interested in the subject but not sure if you want to earn a degree? NVCC offers a number of philosophy courses to help you test the waters while earning flexible credit towards a bachelor's degree.

Earn an Associate Degree, Certificate or take a Course or two

Degree Programs

The requirements for a degree in liberal arts and sciences allow you to transfer seamlessly to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete your bachelor's degree in philosophy without loss of credit or time. 

Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Associate of Science Degree in General Studies


Introduction to Philosophy
3 Credits

Prerequisite: ENG*H101. Various philosophical views and philosophical figures will be studied. Students will begin to think in a philosophical way about reality, truth and values. They will use logical reasoning to apply the various philosophies to current times and to their own lives.

3 Credits

Prerequisite: ENG*H101. This course studies the approaches to ethics, ethical language, and interpretations of “Who am I?” and “What am I to do?” Morality as it relates to freedom, religion, medicine, business, mass media, technology, Environment and personal commitment are among the topics covered. Using logical reasoning, students demonstrate an understanding of ethical behavior in both oral and written form.

Medical Ethics
3 Credits

Prerequisite: ENG*H101. This course is an introduction to moral issues and options in medicine, with particular attention to those most directly affecting the public and general medical personnel. Topics include the meaning of “life,” birth control, artificial insemination, genetic engineering, abortion, human experimentation, behavior control, organ transplantation, truth and the physician, care of the dying, and public health care.

World Religions
3 Credits

Prerequisite: ENG*H101. This course studies various living Eastern and Western religions and their beliefs about the meaning of life, God, reality, truth, morality and worship.

Philosophy of Religion
3 Credits

Prerequisite: ENG*H101. The nature of religion, the reality and existence of God, religious knowledge and values, the soul, life after death, the problem of evil, mysticism, miracles, and the relationship of religion to science and history are explored.