Associate in Arts (Transfer)
Apply your curiosity and learn how to evaluate beliefs and values. Cultivate and practice critical thinking skills that have created leading thought platforms and belief systems. Learn how to appreciate views and perspectives that are different from your own.
Philosophy majors have some of the highest acceptance rates to medical schools. They also are among the highest scoring on the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and GMAT exams.
Build connections with others who are interested in exploring systems of thought and belief.
Lawyer, Business Professional, Counselor, Public Service, Social Worker, Marketing, Journalism, Non-Profit
if Full Time
60 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2022-23
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
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Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
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Philosophy helps students think critically about life, ethics, reality, religion, and more. Because philosophy teaches logic and critical thinking skills, it prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities.Aaron James, Professor
How Do I Get Into the Philosophy Program?
Explore the world’s great systems of thought, and the constructs and methodologies that underlie them. Expand your way of thinking here. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
- Student success advisors are available to help.
- Philosophy classes can fill general education requirements for other degree programs.
What Can I Expect As a Philosophy Student?
- Learn to think, analyze, and solve problems using time-tested methodologies.
- Cultivate and practice critical thinking skills.
- Explore leading thought platforms and belief systems.
- Analytical writing skills help you communicate ideas clearly and effectively.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.