Philosophy

Philosophy Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College

Learn to think critically as you study the past and the present in this diverse humanities degree program.

  • Overview
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    If you spend your time pondering the nature of the universe and the possible meanings of human existence, you’ve found the perfect course of study. Pursuing an associate degree in philosophy is all about continuing an ongoing conversation that began more than 3,000 years ago.

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you can earn an associate degree in arts in general education with an emphasis in philosophy, which will give you the humanities foundation you need to continue your education at a four-year college or university.

    This program focuses mainly on teaching critical thought, analytical writing and the comprehension of both classic and modern texts. Ultimately, philosophy majors primarily choose to follow careers in teaching, writing, law, politics, advertising and much more. 

    Get started today! Complete your online community college admissions application.

  • Overview
    Man outside on laptop staring at hot air balloon

    If you spend your time pondering the nature of the universe and the possible meanings of human existence, you’ve found the perfect course of study. Pursuing an associate degree in philosophy is all about continuing an ongoing conversation that began more than 3,000 years ago.

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you can earn an associate degree in arts in general education with an emphasis in philosophy, which will give you the humanities foundation you need to continue your education at a four-year college or university.

    This program focuses mainly on teaching critical thought, analytical writing and the comprehension of both classic and modern texts. Ultimately, philosophy majors primarily choose to follow careers in teaching, writing, law, politics, advertising and much more. 

    Get started today! Complete your online community college admissions application.

  • Highlights
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    Want to know the Top 10 reasons you should consider a major in philosophy?

    1. Philosophy stimulates your ability to think critically and creatively while enhancing your analytical and interpretive capacities.
    2. As a philosophy major, you will likely develop an interest in self-expression and reflection and enjoy debating ideas.
    3. Philosophy will prepare you for careers in a wide field of professions, including law, medicine, government, business, journalism, publishing, teaching and the ministry.
    4. Today’s global environment needs people who are able to use critical thought and imagination – a philosophy degree will make you that much more sought-after by employers.
    5. Studying philosophy will help you become a better citizen by promoting the ability to listen carefully and critically evaluate and respond thoughtfully.
    6. You will follow in the footsteps of famous philosophy majors such as Phil Jackson, Umberto Eco, Carly Fiorina, Aung San Suu Kyi, David Souter, Bruce Lee, Harrison Ford, Tom Morris and Robert MacNamara.
    7. You will be more likely than even computer science majors to a land a job immediately after graduation.
    8. You will be able to think about and discuss the most urgent question: What is the meaning of being?
    9. Studying philosophy gives you the opportunity to be in an environment where the art of disagreeing is practiced.
    10. You can acquire eligibility in the famous philosophy club of life, including life at OCCC.

    In the philosophy degree program at OCCC, you’ll study:

    • The methods and sub-fields of philosophy
    • Ideas of Socratic self-knowledge
    • Selected philosophers
    • The relationship between philosophy and ethics
    • How to use descriptive, normative and meta-ethical approaches
    • Logical analysis
    • Major world religions
    • The classical dichotomy of good and evil
    • The philosophical principles underlying theories and methods of Western science
  • Degree Options
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    Philosophy Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

    Oklahoma City Community College offers an associate degree in arts in general humanities with an emphasis in philosophy.

    After completing this associate degree program, it’s best to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. However, an associate degree in philosophy can still open up many job opportunities.

  • Courses
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    Philosophy Classes at Oklahoma City Community College

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you’ll take the following courses if you major in philosophy:

    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Introduction to Logic
    • Introduction to Ethics
    • Comparative Religions
    • Introduction to Eastern Thought
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Philosophy of Science
    • History of Science
    • Critical Thinking
    • Advocates of Peace

    OCCC’s online course catalog includes full details on all your required college classes. Check out class availability and map out your schedule today!

  • Faculty
    Angela Cotner

    Angela Cotner


    Professor of English

    Both of my parents are natural teachers.  My mother taught me to cook and to enjoy reading.  My father taught me to drive a tractor, to change a tire, and to shoot an arrow into a bale of hay(essential bits of information necessary in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, where I grew up).I began my college education intending to teach high school English and received a bachelor's degree in English Education.  After not finding a teaching job right out of college, I began work on a master's degree in American Studies, which is a combination of American literature and American history.  While in graduate school, I began a teaching assistantship.  I immediately loved it and knew I did not want to teach anything except college classes.  I eventually went to law school, where my research and writing skills helped me greatly.  While practicing law for a short time, I knew I  wanted to return to the college classroom. I began as an adjunct professor at OCCC and am now a full-time professor.There is no better job than being a college professor.  I enjoy teaching students new ways of looking at issues and approaching problems in philosophy courses, and I enjoy teaching students critical thinking and organizational skills in composition and Success courses.

     
    Jon Inglett

    Jon Inglett


    Professor of English

    In 1995, I completed a B.A. in English from the University of Arkansas. In 1998, I received an M.A. in English from Missouri State University. I have taught at OCCC--the best institution in the country--since the year 2000. Since work experience demands collaboration, I like to create an active learning environment where students engage each other in academic discourse. Viewing my authority from a humble perspective, I function as the mentor, the facilitator, the coach, and, most importantly, the learner. Most students enrolling in my courses consider me sincere, honest, objective, open, and welcoming.  All courses, including math and science, are significant for our development as leaders in this culture, even if courses at first glance do not seem to relate to our career choices. Finally, since we live in a global environment, students should continually seek opportunities to engage in a variety of perspectives and cultures.  When not teaching, I write poetry and blog. My greatest passions include my children, coffee, music, film, and religious studies. When time permits, I play acoustic guitar.

     
    Stephen Morrow

    Stephen Morrow


    Professor of English

    At heart, I am a teacher.I studied Philosophy at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and at The University of Dallas.  I became very interested in both the Philosophy of Religion and the Philosophy of Science, two great loves of my life still today, with an evolving love for the Philosophy of Peace.  I studied English and Education at Oklahoma City University, and now use all my incredible education in the Humanities as a source of both knowledge and passion in my classes.I have studied cooperative learning with the two gurus of the field, David and Roger Johnson. My great intellectual hero is Parker Palmer, and  I am proud to say he is now a friend and someone whom I work with professionally.  I am involved through his organization, Courage and Renewal, and I am now involved in his new work in revitalizing democracy.I love our students, my field of the Humanities, and teaching.  You will always be welcome in my courses and will be treated like an equal Socratic soul-all of just trying to figure out this big, beautiful world!

     
    Michael Punches

    Michael Punches


    Professor of English

    I have been teaching full-time at OCCC since 1989.  My wife Mary, to whom I've been married for 31 years, is also a professor here.  We are both English majors, so as far as books are concerned, we have two of everything.  During my career, I have had the opportunity to teach at a four-year university, at a small private school where I taught grades 6-10, and of course, at OCCC.  The community college is by far the best fit for me.  I enjoy the diversity in age, ethnicity, religion, and career goals.  We live in Norman with our willful cat Lucy and any number of other foster cats who come and go.  My wife and I are both Thunder fanatics.  I love music (all kinds), but especially classic rock.  

     
    Michael Snyder

    Michael Snyder


    Professor of English

    PhD English, University of Oklahoma MA English, University of Colorado Boulder BA English, Haverford College, Pennsylvania Semester abroad, University College, University of London Dr. Snyder very much enjoys working closely with student writers and readers, cultivating critical discourse and self-expression, and fostering appreciation and critical study of literature and culture. Snyder’s specialty areas include twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture, Native American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Indigenous Studies, Composition and Rhetoric, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, and Film Studies. Snyder’s current research focuses on two twentieth-century authors. John Joseph Mathews (1894-1979) was a mixedblood Osage writer who was born in Pawhuska, Indian Territory. After becoming a flight school instructor during World War I and earning a degree from Oxford University and traveling in Europe in the 1920s, Mathews lived much of his life on the prairie outside of the Osage Nation capitol on his allotment land, in his stone cabin he called The Blackjacks. Mathews wrote of his tribal history, the ecology of the tallgrass prairie, and his own fascinating life. Novelist and playwright James Purdy (1914-2009) was a Midwestern gay exile from Ohio who lived in New York City. Purdy’s edgy and powerful work, although controversial, was praised by some of the twentieth century’s greatest literary minds. Purdy was the subject of Snyder’s doctoral dissertation at OU. A publishing event, The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy (Norton/Liveright 2013, intro by John Waters) acknowledges: “Scholar Michael Snyder, PhD, helped to set forth correct and long-missing biographical information, permitting an understanding of Purdy’s creative process and development in the context of his full body of work” (725). Snyder enjoys presenting his research at academic conferences all over North America from Albuquerque to Saskatoon, especially those focused on Native American Studies and American literature. He was a grant recipient and participant in the NEH American History and Culture Workshop, Legacies and Landmarks of the Lower Plains Indians at various sites in Nebraska, the Omaha Nation, and Kansas. Snyder has published book chapters in edited collections such as Gerald Vizenor: Texts and Contexts (University of New Mexico Press), Across Cultures/Across Borders: Canadian Aboriginal and Native American Literatures (Broadview), and The Poetry and Poetics of Gerald Vizenor (UNM P), and has penned numerous book reviews for journals and magazines. He has published a dozen peer-reviewed critical articles in scholarly journals including SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Chronicles of Oklahoma, and Huxley Annual. In his spare time Professor Snyder enjoys creative writing; his poetry has been published in the anthology Ain't Nobody that Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing (Ed. Jeanetta Calhoun-Mish, Mongrel Empire Press), and in several literary magazines. Snyder is also a music fan and record collector who enjoys jazz, 1960s rock and pop, shoegaze, post-punk, and indie. A veteran of underground music scenes, Snyder plays a little guitar and drums when he is not writing, researching, grading, or parenting. Snyder wrote album and book reviews for Skyscraper—once a zine, then a print magazine, now online—for over a decade. Before OCCC, Dr. Snyder taught at the University of Oklahoma and at Aims Community College, Loveland Campus, Colorado.

     
  • After OCCC
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    Careers for Philosophy Majors

    Philosophy majors primarily choose to follow careers in:

    • Teaching
    • Writing
    • Law
    • Religion
    • Advertising
    • Politics

    Are you ready to think about a career in philosophy? Complete your online community college admissions application today!

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