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Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 101)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

December 2023 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Hybrid course/exam
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: understand the fundamental questions and concepts of philosophy, including the nature of reality, knowledge, morality, and society; evaluate and critically analyze key philosophical texts, theories, and arguments; apply philosophical reasoning and critical thinking skills to real-life situations and contemporary issues; identify and articulate different philosophical perspectives and their implications; engage in respectful and constructive discussions about philosophical ideas with peers; develop written and oral communication skills through essay writing and presentations; demonstrate an awareness of the historical and cultural contexts that have shaped philosophical thought; and recognize the interdisciplinary connections between philosophy and other fields of study.


This course provides an introduction to the major areas of philosophy, exploring fundamental questions about the nature of reality, knowledge, morality, and society. Students examine classical and contemporary philosophical texts, engage in critical analysis and discussion, and apply philosophical concepts to contemporary issues. By the end of the course, students will have gained a foundational understanding of the philosophical enterprise and developed critical thinking skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate / associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Introduction to Philosophy (3/24).