Program Description

The philosophy curriculum stresses analytical reasoning, writing, and oral expression. Students are introduced to a wide range of significant philosophic problems and positions. The study of philosophy has had an historic role in liberal arts education because it develops careful, independent thinking and aids in defining one’s most fundamental values and beliefs. A philosophy major prepares a student for employment in many fields, including teaching, law, medicine, business, the ministry, social work, government, and the fine arts.


Merced College offers the following degrees/certificates in Philosophy:

  • Philosophy (AA)

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Philosophy Faculty

Name Position Office Email/Phone
Max Hallman, PhD Professor of Humanities / Philosophy,
Honor Program Coordinator /
Faculty Co-Lead
(209) 384-6327
Jacqueline Alvarez Professor of Philosophy IAC-247

(209) 386-6082

Part-Time Philosophy Faculty

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