Philosophy

Why a Major in Philosophy?

Philosophy is the search for an understanding of how the world as a whole hangs together and of how we are to assume our place in the world. Philosophy pursues its goal first of all historically. It is the trustee of the heritage of great philosophical texts, and it engages those texts in a conversation with contemporary problems. Second, philosophy turns to the contemporary world directly and tries to illuminate and advance its concerns with ethics and art, with science and technology, with ecology and feminism, with law and medicine.

Most of what is learned in philosophy can be implemented in a wide variety of work settings. Philosophy graduates develop valuable skills including writing, critical thinking, analytical skills, communication—especially persuasive communication skills.

Sample Occupations

  • College Professor
  • Writers/Editors
  • Political Analyst/Lobbyist
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Lawyer
  • Counselor
  • Research Analyst
  • Management/Human Resources
  • Sale/Marketing/Advertising

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