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Philosophy Career Outlook

The Philosophy Program focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Courses include instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, history of philosophy and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

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Career Outlook

Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a Philosophy major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.


As a Philosophy major, students may develop or advance skills including critical thinking, the ability to respond intelligently to complex materials/issues, analytical skills, academic research and the ability to present and defend ideas.


Graduates with a degree in Philosophy can work as legal assistants, lobbyists, market developers, counselors, community organizers, political aides, speech writers, intelligence officers, foreign services officers, public policy analysts, biomedical ethics researchers, lawyers, legal researchers, paralegal assistants, underwriters, journalists, technical writers, archivists, librarians, professors, psychologists, special program administrators, advertising account executives, development managers, human resources specialists, financial advisors, marketing specialists, insurance agents and bioethicists.


Graduates with a degree in Philosophy can work within the following areas: education, law, medicine, business, social justice work, seminary or religious life, humanitarian services, policy development, volunteer coordination, conflict resolution, diplomacy, religious life programming, campus ministry, government service, research and campaign management.


Graduates with a degree in Philosophy can work for businesses, government agencies, universities, hospitals, bioethic centers, research institutes, professional medical organizations, environmental agencies, law firms, consulting firms, legal aid societies, legal clinics, hotels, manufacturers, religious organizations, religious retreat centers, monasteries, correctional institutions, non-profit organizations, labor unions, foundations, political parties, campaigns, foreign services, and publishers.



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