Philosophy Department

It's one thing to make a living, and another to learn how to live well...


The study of Philosophy can help you to do both.  Philosophy equips you to analyze, think creatively, and critically examine your beliefs and those of others.  It expands your conceptual horizons.  You consider profound questions and in the process develop intellectual tools to expand your understanding.  Through your study, you also will gain fundamental communication skills and problem solving abilities that will help you succeed in a wide range of fields and occupations, or in graduate school.



Current research shows that Liberal Arts majors, especially philosophy majors, do quite well in any field they choose [SEE LINKS BELOW].  The Philosophy major prepares you for success across a broad range of fields.  This means you can adapt your skill set to meet the demands of your position, whatever it may be.

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(1) Philosophy and logic teach fundamental critical thinking skills.  These skills allow you to assess and challenge the basic assumptions of business models and practices.  Because of this, philosophy majors advance more rapidly than their colleagues who possess only business degrees: "by mid-career, the salaries of philosophy graduates surpasses those of marketing, communications, accounting and business management. Taking this into consideration, it appears that having the right business degree from a prestigious business school does not guarantee a successful career in business."


(2) You will get a great return on your Philosophy investment!  "Philosophy teaches that the established norms ought to be challenged.  One of those norms is that education should be measured on a strict return on investment resulting in a specific post-graduate career path."


(3) For more data on how Liberal Arts majors do financially:

(a) The Chronicle of Higher Education explains that Liberal Arts majors do well financially in the long run.

(b) A report from the Association of American Colleges and Universities on Liberal Arts Majors and Employment explains that employers give hiring preferences to college graduates that are innovative, can think critically, have strong written and verbal communication skills, can solve complex problems, and have good ethical judgment.  Studying philosophy can offer you these skills, and more!

For the full report, click [HERE].


Career Opportunities

  • College professor (with additional education)
  • Law school
  • Medical School
  • Graduate school
  • Business management/administration
  • Librarian
  • Writer/Journalism
  • Public Relations

Department of Philosophy Mission Statement

It is the intrinsic mission of the Philosophy Department to cultivate students in the love of wisdom. The Philosophy Department provides students with the tools to be educated and productive members of the world, regardless of their profession or vocation. While other departments focus on specific topics and work-related skills, it is the duty of the Philosophy Department to teach students the love of learning itself, to seek purpose in their lives, and to make informed, objective, and consistent judgments. When students are instructed in the love of wisdom, they learn not only how to make a living, but how to live well.

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