Philosophy is an inquiry into the most general, abstract, and important questions that we can raise: What is reality? Of what can we be certain – if anything? Does God exist? Is it possible to have faith and still be logical? What makes an action morally right or wrong?
A major (BA) or minor in philosophy teaches you to analyze, interpret, evaluate, and communicate logically and effectively.
What Will I Study?
In addition to basic courses in ethics and logic, you will study different philosophical schools of thought and methods of thinking.
Philosophy majors are required to write a thesis paper in their senior year.
What Kind of Job Can I Get?
Studying philosophy prepares you for a wide variety of careers – jobs in law, business, and education are common for philosophy majors.
What Are Some of Our Graduates Doing?
- Educator, Baltimore City Public School System
- Wilderness Specialist/Life Skills Workshop, Cornell Abraxas
- Prosecutor, Pittsylvania County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office
- Paralegal, James B. Feinman & Associates
Articles on Philosophy
- Philosophers, Welders, and the Public Trust
- “The Earning Power of Philosophy Majors,” The Atlantic, 3 September 2015
- “Why We Need Philosophers Engaged in Public Life,” National Public Radio, 22 June 2015
- “That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket,” Forbes, 29 July 2015