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.
Typical Career Paths
Typical Job Titles
Note: Some of these occupations might require advanced degrees
||Public Policy Analyst
|Social Program Officer
||Customer Service Representative
|Marketing Research Analyst
|Nursing Home Director
||Public Relations Representative
|Public Service Official
Typical Employers/Work Settings
Business and Industry
Colleges and Universities
Real Estate Companies
Match This Major To Careers
Beginning Salary Ranges
PayScale.com- Typical Salaries
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.
Skills Needed For This Career
|Communicating in logical manner
||Interest in pursuing, exploring and explaining intangible ideas
||Close, extensive reading
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
American Philosophical Association
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
Society for Business Ethics
Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory
American Bar Association
Job Search Information
Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools
Link To UNF Academic Program
The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.
Holland Interest Codes
Philosophy: Social; Artistic; Investigative (SAI)
Career Action Plan
- Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
- Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
- Get involved in volunteer work and community service
- Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
- Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
- Join a professional association related to your career choice