Philosophy Program

The Diablo Valley College philosophy program gives you the opportunity to study basic questions about the meaning and purpose of human life. Studying philosophy is a great way to sharpen your critical thinking skills and gain a better understanding of one’s self and humanity as a whole. Read more...

Our philosophy program offers:

  • an associate in arts degree philosophy,
  • an associate in art in philosophy for transfer,
  • a certificate of achievement philosophy.

You can learn more about these options and the requirements in our catalog.

We know that navigating degrees and certificate requirements can be tricky. Once you have enrolled at DVC, you can schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss which option is best for you. 

Although some students are able to get an entry-level position after completing the program, most students transfer to a four-year university to gain a bachelor's degree. Those interested in a career in philosophy often teach or research at the university level. These careers often require more than a bachelor’s degree.

Career options with additional education:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Applied ethics
  • Business
  • Sales
  • Writing
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Journalism

For more information on possible career options, please visit the Career Centerschedule an appointment with a counselor, or contact one of our faculty and staff members. Please note that you cannot meet with a counselor or staff member until you are enrolled at DVC.

Diablo Valley College offers degree and certificate programs in a variety of subjects. For a complete listing, see certificates and degrees.

Certificate and degree pathways

See what certificate, degree, career, and transfer opportunities are available. 

Courses and class schedule

Learn about required courses and when our classes are offered.

Faculty and staff

Meet our dedicated faculty and staff.

Success stories

Read about some of our alumni's success stories since graduating from the program.

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Contact Philosophy

Chair: Ruth R. Miller
Telephone: 925-969-2497
Office location: FO-252 Campus map