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The Philosophy major or minor is designed to help students with their most important project—developing their own identities and world views. At the same time, Philosophy majors develop critical-thinking skills useful in a wide range of careers from law to teaching.

Philosophy is a popular double major, often combined with Psychology, Business, or Political Science.

Students find that the combinations enhance their understanding and make them eminently employable.

Contact Information

Sharon Schwarze, PhD
Retired Professor, Philosophy

At a glance:

Total credits for major


Total credits for minor


Projected job growth to 2024*


Philosophy Program Details

Philosophy students develop their own morally coherent identity by studying and questioning what great and wise people before them have said about the nature of the good life. At the same time, they develop critical thinking skills useful in a wide range of careers from law to teaching.

Students majoring in philosophy study historical and contemporary answers to life’s fundamental questions and formulate their own answers. This active learning encourages them to become lifelong learners.  

Employment Outlook

Many Philosophy majors go on to graduate school, in philosophy, law, business, public administration, and even medicine, or have internships and careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Business writing
  • Communication
  • Education (higher education)
  • Law
  • Public policy
  • Public administration
  • Research

Skills Learned

  • Describe and critique alternate conceptions of the world, with an awareness of the power and limits of language to create differences between appearance and reality
  • Make clear distinctions between major moral theories of Western thought and apply them 
  • Using philosophical argument, clarify and move toward resolution of issues of applied ethics and social justice
  • Think critically

*Employment projections taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for employment category: Education, training, and library occupations.

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