Why study philosophy?

Useful resources on the value of the liberal arts and pursuing a philosophy major.

What is Philosophy

Philosophy is both the study of the fundamental human questions and the exercise of clear reasoning. It trains us to notice what most often passes unseen, and question what we take for granted. Specialized areas of philosophy give us deeper understanding of work in other disciplines. Philosophy also addresses contemporary issues, including environmental policy, ethical problems in business and medicine, movements for social justice, and the development of artificial intelligence.

Career Opportunities

Because the study of Philosophy develops high-level analytical and communications skills, many different types of employers are interested in hiring philosophy majors. In addition to preparing students for professional schools and graduate study, the major provides a foundation for careers in fields such as medicine, business, teaching, civil service, and law. The University Career Center provides access to the "What Can I Do with this Major?" tool, which may help you envision career paths with a Philosophy major or minor. Also check out these Career Resources from the American Philosophical Association.

Articles on the Value of a Philosophy Degree