Philosophy

What Is It?:

Philosophy focuses on the "nature of being," knowledge, and contemplating right and wrong in moral issues. It is the oldest, broadest, and most fundamental form of inquiry. Philosophy trains students to become disciplined and imaginative and how to reason through both profound and mundane questions. Some philosophical questions have to do with the understanding of ourselves and whatever else there may be. Others concern the nature of different forms of knowledge and experience or ethical issues and problems of value. The study of philosophy is one of the most important elements in a good liberal education. Philosophical training is also very useful in that it improves one's ability to think clearly and to construct, analyze, and criticize arguments of any kind.

For more information, visit the Department of Philosophy.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • PHIL 101—Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 102—Logic and Reasoning
  • PHIL 105—Introduction to Ethics

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Advertising Executive
  • Arbitrator
  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Book Critic
  • Clergy
  • College Administrator
  • College Advisor
  • College Instructor
  • Congressional Staff Member
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Copy Editor
  • Criminologist
  • Critic
  • Curator
  • Diplomat
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Educator
  • FBI / CIA Agent
  • Film Editor
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Freelance Writer
  • Insurance Agent
  • Institutional Research
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Lecturer
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Movie Critic
  • Personnel Manager
  • Press Secretary
  • Public Health Policy Analyst
  • Publisher
  • Social Worker
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Writer
  • Urban Planner

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Arts Consultant 
  • Associate Pastor 
  • Author 
  • Business Administrator 
  • Campus Minister 
  • Campus Religious Coordin
  • Chaplain 
  • Church Camp Director 
  • Consultant
  • Counselor
  • Diplomat 
  • Director of Religious Education 
  • Fund-raiser 
  • Guidance Counselor 
  • Hospital Administrator 
  • Journalist 
  • Lawyer 
  • Lobbyist 
  • Management Analyst 
  • Minister/Youth Minister
  • Missionary 
  • Pastor 
  • Psychologist
  • Public Policy Manager 
  • Public Service Official 
  • Religious Researcher 
  • Seminary Administrator 
  • Social Worker 
  • YMCA/YWCA Worker 

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

Related Skills:

  • Close, extensive reading
  • Curiosity
  • Debating skills
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Objectivity
  • Open-mindedness
  • Oratory skills
  • Problem solving
  • Self-discipline
  • Theory development
  • Work independently

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Philosophy, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Philosophy.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Philosophy.  These organizations include American Philosophical Association and International Society for Philosophical Enquiry.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Philosophy, visit Undergraduate Programs.