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In the philosophy program at JCCC, you learn more about reason, existence, knowledge, language, and other values of the human mind.

Understanding fundamental truths of ourselves and the world can help us to better understand the world we live in and our day-to-day relationships.

What will I learn in JCCC's Philosophy program?

The philosophy program at JCCC allows you to ponder an abundance of classic questions, such as:

  • What is real?
  • Is it possible to know anything and to prove it?
  • Do humans have free will?
  • What is the good life philosophy?

You’ll find yourself in deep discussion with other fellow students about existence, values, reasons, ethics, and how we should live. The program also gives you the ability to evaluate current events using reason and logic. The skills you’ll learn in JCCC’s philosophy program will help you to tackle other challenging courses throughout your studies.

Compared to most community colleges, the philosophy courses at JCCC are a lot more diverse. You can learn the elements of careful reasoning with courses like Asian Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Intro to Ethics, and Logic and Thinking.

Other JCCC courses, such as Bioethics and Environmental Ethics, will enlighten you on scientific, political, and legal issues relevant to human biology and today’s environmental problems. These classes could also count toward a science credit, so check with your academic advisor.

Finally, Business Ethics will give you an in-depth look at the big picture of business practices. This is a required course for degrees in business at four-year schools. However, at JCCC, you can receive the same quality instruction at a fraction of the cost.

Several classes will also transfer to Kansas Board of Regents public postsecondary schools as well as many other four-year institutions.


As published authors, JCCC faculty regularly interact with humanities professors at area four-year schools. JCCC is also one of just 17 U.S. regional centers for the Asian Studies Development Program of the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii.

Other reasons to study philosophy at JCCC include:

  • Small classes sizes that allow you to ask questions, engage in discussions and connect with classmates and professors.
  • Convenient online classes for many courses and programs, including the philosophy program.
  • Affordable costs for all students.
  • Beautiful campus located conveniently near the Kansas City metro area.
Ana L., philosophy student
"In gaining philosophical understanding, our appreciation of the intricate complexities of life awakens, and it helps us to become thinkers who are not afraid to ask difficult questions and delve into challenging topics in all areas of academics."
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Statistics show students who have earned college credits in philosophy tend to score higher on the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) and the GMAT (Business School Admission Test) and have the fourth-highest median income among people with bachelor’s degrees. Future employers will appreciate your ability to think for yourself and communicate ideas clearly and logically. These versatile skills can lead you to careers in:

  • Education
  • Law
  • Healthcare
  • Government
  • Civil service
  • Marketing
  • Psychotherapy
  • Brokerage

Many students worry about the cost of going to school, and this anxiety can deter many from pursuing the education they want. At JCCC, we’re always working to make tuition affordable each semester for all students.

At JCCC, we can offer:

Some philosophy classes at JCCC will require additional fees for supplies and textbooks. These prices will vary depending on your course schedule.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

Resources at JCCC

College can be challenging for many students. At JCCC, we offer plenty of resources to help you both personally and academically. Besides personalized learning, professional tutoring, and smaller class sizes, we also offer assistance with financial and career matters.

Our Financial Aid Office is open to all those who need help finding ways to pay for school. Our financial counselors can help you find student scholarships and loan options to lower your out-of-pocket cost each semester.

The Career Development Center and Academic Counseling services are available for students who are still unsure about their plans post-graduation.

If you want to transfer your credits to another school, such as a four-year college, JCCC makes the process easy and stress-free for all students wishing to continue their education elsewhere.