Courses in Philosophy prepare students for transfer to a baccalaureate institution for a degree in Philosophy or a related discipline. As a profession, philosophy is virtually limited to those who teach and write it.
However, the emphasis placed in Philosophy course work on development of critical thinking abilities provides a sound foundation for a broad liberal arts education, valuable for its own sake, as well as preparation for careers in related professional humanistic or social disciplines.
Philosophy courses serve as good preparation for careers in data processing and information systems, the human services, labor relations, law, library science, management, medicine, ministry, physical sciences, politics and government, psychology, publishing, scientific research, social work, and teaching.
Specific career opportunities include archivist, biographer, college administrator, consultant, cultural affairs officer, religious activities director, etymologist, insurance agent/broker, lawyer, librarian, manuscript reader, peace corp worker, pastoral assistant, philologist, teacher/professor, and writer.
Most career opportunities in fields related to Philosophy require a B.A. or advanced degree. Students can fulfill lower division General Education and major requirements at College of San Mateo. See the Transfer Planning and Major Preparation Recommendations sections of the catalog. Students should also consult the catalog of the college or university to which they plan to transfer.