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What Can You Do With A Major In Philosophy?


Philosophy deals with many issues such as the limits of human knowledge, the different aspects of reality, the foundation of value, and the nature of logic and correct reasoning. The study of philosophy provides the highest level of training in the analytical or reasoning skills needed by those pursuing careers in law, teaching, government, and business. Philosophical ideas can be applied to many aspects of life and experiences, and therefore can be used in a variety of careers.


Track 1:  General Philosophical Studies

Students in this track are free to select their 15 elective hours (five courses) from any courses offered by the program; they are encouraged, however, to include in their program of study courses identified by the different philosophy prefixes--PHH, PHI, PHM, and PHP.


Track 2:  Advanced Studies

This track is available for students planning graduate study in philosophy. Students choose five courses from the following:


Track 3:  Literary and Cultural Studies

This track is available for artists, writers, and performers interested in the theoretical foundations of their work; for prospective teachers of literature and the arts; and for students planning graduate work in literary theory or cultural studies.


Track 4: Legal, Political, and Social Studies

This track is available for students planning careers in public affairs, law, management, international relations or for those planning graduate work in social or political theory.


Track 5: Studies in Applied Ethics

This track is available for pre-professional students who wish to develop a comparative understanding of value issues across professions or are planning graduate work in theoretical or applied ethics.


Track 6: Historical and Comparative Studies

This track is available for students interested in exploring the range and diversity of philosophical themes as developed over time and across cultures.


Some Related Career Titles

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 With aMaster's Degree


Editorial Assistant

Editorial Interviewer


Associate Pastor

With a Bachelor's Degree 





Public Policy Analyst

Social Program Officer



General Career Directions
Arts Consultant
Associate Pastor
Business Administrator
Customer Service Representative
Editorial Assistant
Editorial Interviewer
Employment Interviewer
Financial Consultant
Insurance Underwriter


Management Trainee
Marketing Research Analyst
Nursing Home Director
Public Relations Rep
Public Service Official
Sales Representative
Social Worker
Systems Analyst
Technical Writer


Typical Employers/Work Settings

Advertising Agencies
Business and Industry
Business Firms
Colleges and Universities
Consulting Firms
Consulting Services
Law Firms
Non-profit Organizations
Political Parties
Publishing Companies
Real Estate Companies
Research Organizations

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Beginning Salary Range: 

 According to the Summer 2011 NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Salary Survey, philosophy majors on average start at about $31,900 to start.

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Skills Needed For This Career 

Communicating in logical manner

Interest in pursuing, exploring and explaining intangible ideas

Debating Skills


Theory Development



Close, extensive reading


Work Independently

Oratory Skills

Problem Solving

Deductive Reasoning




Links To Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Association of Philosophy Teachers
American Philosophical Association
American Philosophical Practitioners Association
Association for Symbolic Logic
Society for Women in Philosophy 



Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases 



Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Arts in Philosophy and other related programs
University of North Florida 
Barry University
University of Florida
University of Miami
Other resources for graduate program research  



Link To UNF Program 

The College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in  Philosophy.  


Holland Codes 

Philosophy: Social; Artistic; Investigative (SAI)


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