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Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.

Career Options

Career options​ for students who get a degree in philosophy​ include: political scientist, human resources manager, economist, journalist, writer, paralegal, college professor, psychologist, barrister, local government officer, police officer, lawyer, economist, chaplain, marketing executive, and school counselor.​

​​Student Voice

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Misael Castillo Misael Castillo

Misael Castillo graduated from Norco College in 2013 with degrees in Communications, Social and Behavioral Studies and Humanities, Philosophy and Art. Misael is is pursuing a law enforcement career after growing up in a crime-plagued neighborhood. “I want to make a difference in my community,” Misael said.

Misael credits the Puente program for much of his success. He especially appreciates Puente Counselor Zina Chacon, who he says always made time for him no matter how busy she was. “Puente opened many doors and taught me that anything is possible,” Misael said. “I have to say, every effort I have made has been worth it, and every minute I have volunteered has made a difference in me and has taught me a lesson.”

Academic Programs in Philosophy

The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.

​School Trailhead for Arts & Humanities
Suggested Initial Coursework​​
Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Humanities, Philosophy &​ Arts - CSU Pathway

Philosophy for Transfer (ADT) - Pathways for Transfer to a CSU or UC School

Additional Resources

​​What can I do with this major? (Philosophy)
​​​​​Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)​​​​
​​​California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
​​​​​Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system

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