Examine life from a new angle

Contemplate the complex moral and ethical issues faced by humanity — existence, meaning, values, truth and more.

Open your eyes to ideas you didn’t even know existed. We take on the complex issues that are rarely discussed.

You’ll be well-versed in classical philosophical thinking on age-old questions, like does God exist? We’re one of few universities to connect that kind of thinking to contemporary issues. We were the first university in the nation with a philosophy class on HBO’s “The Wire.” You’ll also study love and desire, environmental ethics, hip hop and other contemporary topics from a philosophical standpoint.

Even more than thought-provoking classes and great job opportunities, studying philosophy will help you understand yourself and lead a full and satisfying life.

Practical skills for all fields

You’ll learn to analyze, write, persuade and examine both sides of an argument — allowing you to approach your life critically while improving yourself and the world around you. You’ll also be well-versed in cooperative reasoning, giving you the ability to talk rationally with people who disagree with you. Adding one of our interdisciplinary minors help you gain an even better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

These skills apply and translate to virtually every career, including law, medicine and business.

Philosophy graduates have the highest acceptance rate among humanities majors into medical school, outscore all other students on the LSATs, GMAT and GREs, and have one of the fastest salary growth rates. The most successful mutual funds in the country are run by philosophy graduates.

Our graduates go on to study philosophy, law, environmental law, medicine and more. They work as lawyers, teachers, hedge fund managers, public relations experts, paralegals and IT professionals. We even have a graduate at TEDx!


What do the most successful mutual fund managers, the highest scorers on the GRE and a great deal of doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs have in common? You guessed it—they studied philosophy.

One of the most common concerns for any student or parent is, what will I do with this degree? We hear that and can tell you that for philosophy majors it’s about exploring what else moves you and using what you learn here to follow any career you want.

The debate isn’t whether you can get a job. The question is what can’t you do with a philosophy degree?

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