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Intro to Philosophy

  • Earn 3 transferable credits
  • 100% online and Zoom-free
  • Includes everything you need

Available through dual enrollment at partner high schools





  • Course

    Are you living a good life? Who are your real friends? Are you a bad person? When do we eat? When investigating life’s mysteries, the answers you find are only as good as the questions you ask.

    Outlier’s groundbreaking Intro to Philosophy course gives you the tools to ask—and answer—life’s most important questions.

    From personal identity and political philosophy to free will and applied ethics, this course will prepare you to live “the examined life.”

  • Brilliant

    Outlier’s Philosophy faculty is a hand-picked dream team of 7 instructors, including luminaries from institutions like University of Pittsburgh, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.

  • How It

    Enjoy cinematic video lessons (our CEO co-founded MasterClass).

    Enhance your learning with gorgeous interactive textbooks based on evidence-based active learning principles.

    When it is time for exams, open windows are designed to fit around your schedule.

  • Dedicated

    Hit a snag on the site? Have a burning question? We’ve got you covered.

    Our dedicated Student Success team is available to assist you—and push you—to help you pass with flying colors.

Transferable credits from a top 50 school

Most schools accept credits transferred from University of Pittsburgh

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Traditional course Outlier Intro to Philosophy


Usually 3-4 credits from your school


3 transferrable credits from the University of Pittsburgh


In-person or Zoom


Interactive and 100% online (Zoom-free)


1 per course


7 inspiring instructors


Specific time and place


On-demand anywhere


Specific hour


Flexible window

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What you’ll learn

This course covers all the basic philosophy principles and topics you’ll need for college credit (and then some).

  • How to resist echo chambers and other forms of ignorance

  • How to endure an existential crisis

  • How to stress test your moral beliefs with extreme thought experiments

  • Why Socrates willingly drank that fatal cup of hemlock

  • How to do a close reading of the world’s best philosophical literature

Hear from our alumni

  • Daniel J.

    Daniel J.

    “I did not know an online course could be so intense and captivating as though it were a physical class. Kudos to the entire team!!!”

  • Connor H.

    Connor H.

    “I really loved Outlier because the instructors were passionate about what they taught, you had a great community, you had support wherever you needed it. The whole experience was so convenient and flexible.”

  • Taija L.

    Taija L.

    “When a course is this interesting, it doesn’t feel like work. It just feels like another activity that you’re excited to do.”

Frequently asked questions

  • Outlier by Savvas courses are offered through US highschools

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