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Philosophy is an invigorating study that prepares every student for an appreciation of the value of the philosophical life; a life focused on the love and pursuit of wisdom by examining the rich philosophical content of the Eastern and Western intellectual traditions. Students cultivate within themselves and others the habits of critical thinking and reflection on concrete problems and issues in a fully human life.
The Philosophy Department at the College of Western Idaho strives to inspire within every student an appreciation of the value of the philosophical life: a life focused on the love and pursuit of wisdom (sophia). Through academic courses, interactions with students, and presentations to academic and non-academic audiences, members of the department promote this appreciation for philosophy by examining and teaching the rich philosophical content of the Western intellectual tradition; they aspire to cultivate within themselves and others the habits of critical thinking and reflection on concrete problems and issues in a fully human life.
Why This Program
Courses will prepare students to think critically and rationally, and to cultivate deeper reflection on problem solving. Philosophy is a designated major for transfer to University of Idaho toward Law School. Curriculum emphasizes ethics and the pursuit of wisdom in professional and personal contexts. Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate of Arts in Philosophy and meets the general education requirements of all Idaho public universities.
- Preparation for law school, business, liberal arts.
- A recent comprehensive study of college students' scores on major tests used for admission to graduate and professional schools shows that students majoring in Philosophy received scores substantially higher than the average on each of the tests studied. The study compared the scores of 550,000 college students who took the LSAT, GMAT, and the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE with data collected over the previous eighteen years and was conducted by the National Institute of Education and reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Philosophy - Associates of Arts Degree
*See the Course Delivery Styles page for details about class options
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2022||Summer 2022||Fall 2022|
|Priority Registration Begins1||November 8||n/a||April 11|
|Open Registration Begins||November 15||February 28||April 18|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||December 18||May 14||July 30|
|Admission Deadline2||January 8||May 28||August 13|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||January 14||June 3||August 19|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 14||June 3||August 19|
|Classes Begin3||January 18||June 6||August 22|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based upon their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Some classes begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWI 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Boise State University
- BA Philosophy
University of Idaho
- BA/BS Philosophy
- Transfer to U of I Law School (Moscow and Boise campuses)
Idaho State University
- BA/BS Philosophy
College of Idaho
- BA/BS Philosophy
Northwest Nazarene University
- BA/BS Philosophy
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
"The ability to think critically, and analyze complexly serves the Philosophy major as he or she works toward mid-level careers in a variety of industries" (Payscale.com, 2015).
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