What Can I Do with a Major in Philosophy?

Philosophy is the study of the most basic ideas and ideals through which we understand ourselves and our world. As the pursuit of truth or, in its original Greek meaning, the love of wisdom, philosophy asks about who we are, the nature of the universe, and what it means to live a good life. Philosophy majors learn how to think and argue well, including how to support their claims with evidence, negotiate diverse perspectives, evaluate conflicting claims to truth, and reason clearly, and communicate effectively.

Philosophy majors*:

  • analyze critically
  • use logical reasoning
  • resolve conflicts
  • observe and evaluate

Because they learn to analyze ideas and think through complicated questions, Philosophy graduates are well-prepared with skills that are not only essential to most careers, but also the foundation of engaged and responsible citizenship. Recent studies show employers want, and reward, many of the capacities which the study of philosophy develops: the ability to solve problems, to communicate, to organize ideas and issues, to assess pros and cons, and to understand complex data. Philosophy majors have gone on to further study or careers in law, government, medicine, education, administration, business, social work, public service, the military, public relations, library work, publishing, and systems analysis.

Career options for Philosophy graduates include**:

  • lawyer
  • entrepeneur
  • social worker
  • college or university professor
  • public relations specialist
  • research analyst
  • foreign diplomacy representative

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Philosophy majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Philosophy majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.