Develop Critical Thinking and Ethical Insight for Diverse Professional Paths

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Program Overview

Are you seeking a deeper understanding of the world and the human condition? College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers a transformative Philosophy program that encourages you to think critically, utilize logic, and communicate effectively. This program immerses you in the rich philosophical content of both Eastern and Western intellectual traditions, cultivating a life focused on the love and pursuit of wisdom. Ideal for students who aspire to excel in areas like medicine, law, business, and emerging STEM fields, this program provides the analytical and ethical toolkit essential for navigating complex professional and personal landscapes.

With the ability to complete the entire degree online, this program offers flexibility and convenience. You will engage in classes that promote in-depth critical thinking and wisdom-seeking, preparing you for transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor's degree.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Arts

Fully Online



Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • In-depth Critical Thinking: Develop analytical and creative thinking skills through rigorous coursework.
  • Flexible Online Learning: Complete the entire degree online, offering you the flexibility to balance your studies with personal commitments.
  • Preparation for Diverse Career Paths: Equip yourself for traditional pathways like medicine and law, as well as emerging fields in technology.
  • Ethical Frameworks in a Digital Age: Learn to apply ethical considerations in the context of computer science, machine learning, and algorithmic decision-making.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Philosophy – Associate of Arts Degree




Available Fully Online

Degree Requirements

Cost: $8,560

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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


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  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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