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The philosophy classes offered at NOVA provide an introduction to the subject. All of the classes focus on evaluating arguments by engaging with classic philosophical texts. The discipline emphasizes conversation through dialectical teaching written work.

Liberal Arts Associate of Arts with a Focus on Philosophy

Program Details

The skills students learn in a philosophy class can be applied in any field: medicine, law, engineering or raising children. Philosophy prepares students for life by engaging with the eternal questions of human existence. In philosophy classes at NOVA moral questions are taught by surveying the various answers that have been purposed as well as encouraging students to pursue and propose their own answers during class discussion and on written assignments. Philosophy classes emphasize reading comprehension. The skills required to grasp a philosophical reading transfer to all other domains. Being able to write clearly about philosophical questions helps students to think clearly. As they practice writing and analyzing arguments students are prepared to better use writing as they communicate throughout their lives. To be able to develop the skill of thinking clearly, by avoiding contradictions however subtle, philosophy classes use open conversation, debate, lecture and a heavy emphasis on written assignments.

Career Prospects

Philosophy classes at NOVA provide a solid preparation for any future major or career. Having taken philosophy courses will enhance any future work or employment. The classes help to increase reading comprehension and writing skills. Being able to understand what others have written is vital to success in life. Being able to persuade others with powerful writing is vital. Both skills increase any future employment prospects. All of the philosophy classes at NOVA teach students how to carefully inspect an authors meaning and evaluate how to rigorously interpret difficult texts, by being required to write arguments students learn about how to organize sentences to support a conclusion. They study what makes something persuasive by learning how to make credible, cogent and logical arguments that support their own ideas.

Transfer Opportunities

Philosophy is not a program degree and does not offer a certificate completion.

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience. For a list of CPL-eligible courses, see the Credit for Prior Learning Manual at: https://catalog.nvcc.edu/content.php?catoid=6&navoid=417.

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