Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy and religion courses offer students an opportunity to develop critical thinking, reflection and analytical skills. Historical and cultural perspectives on the human endeavor are explored in readings and class discussion. Students studying philosophy/religion may prepare for employment or transfer to other academic institutions.

In NMC classes, students can expect to:

  • Explore diverse cultures and their practices and beliefs
  • Explore opposing and different value systems
  • Interact with historically significant texts and contemporary trends
  • Develop critical thinking, argument and communication skills
  • Use popular culture (film, novels) to explore philosophical concepts
  • Travel to important cultural and religious sites
  • Investigate philosophical issues posed by other fields, such as history, biology, business and computer systems.

Career opportunities

  • Teaching humanities/philosophy/religion at high school or college level
  • Pursing law or medical degrees
  • Working as ethics consultants in business or medical fields
  • Writing or publishing

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Course Descriptions

Program Requirements

NMC Code 729

Careers in the fields of philosophy and religion include college teaching and research, secondary education, as well as positions as ministers, priests, or rabbis. Other potential careers for those who specialize in religion are pastoral administration, religious education, church office management, and church mission work. The fields of clinical medicine and medical research as well as commercial business fields like accounting are employing ethicists, a specialized branch of philosophy.

Students seeking to transfer to a four-year college or university to major in philosophy or religion may complete basic course work while at NMC. That course work will include credits selected from those courses listed here

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Tuition and Fees

General Academic Programs

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Tuition Rate

In-District ( Grand Traverse County residents) Tuition

$122.00 per contact hour

In-State ( other Michigan counties) Tuition

$261.00 per contact hour

Out-of-state Tuition

$340.00 per contact hour

International Tuition

$383.00 per contact hour

General Fee for all residencies:

Other fee of $33.00 per contact hour is a general fee covering a portion of costs for technology, orientation, placement, career testing, Student Government Association, and other student service activities.

$33.00 per contact hour

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Note: For more information on how COA component estimates are calculated, see the bottom of the Tuition and Fees page.

Enrolled students can find their own calculated Cost of Attendance in NMC Self-Service under Financial Aid. Others can use the Net Price Calculator to estimate the total annual cost of attending NMC based on their program and enrollment plans, along with financial aid eligibility.

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