Philosophy Department

Dept Chair: Matthew Johnston
tel: 408-855-5305
Counseling: 408-855-5030

Division: Liberal Studies
Division Chair: Keith Johnson

Philosophy, the original home of the sciences, is an attempt at comprehensive understanding. Among the perennial questions philosophy investigates are the nature of reality, human knowledge, the nature of mind, morality and the good life, etc. In this investigation,
philosophy uses not only historical insights but also logical and conceptual methods.

Academic Preparation and Career Paths

Undergraduate training in philosophy seeks to inculcate and develop higher-level cognitive abilities that are excellent preparation for graduate and professional study. In GRE exams, philosophy undergraduates, when compared with undergraduates from other disciplines, have consistently obtained the highest verbal scores. 

Training in philosophy also enables students to pursue numerous career
paths. Below are some career options open to philosophy students:

Administrator • Anthropologist • Archivist • Author/Lecturer • Business • Columnist • Crypanalyst • Drama Critic • Editor • Editorial Assistant • Editorial Writer • Educator • Essayist • Foreign Correspondent • Foreign Service Officer • High School Teacher • Information Scientist • Journalist • Lawyer • Management • Museum Curator • News Editor • Personnel Manager • Playwright • Priest • Psychologist • Publisher • Rabbi • Scientific Researcher • Social Worker • Tour Guide

Department Focus

As enrollment and funding increase, the Department plans to offer more courses. The focus of the Department is to provide students with rigorous preparation in ethics, critical thinking, and writing.

Catalog Information

Course Descriptions