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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.

Typical Career Paths

Religious Organizations
Social Services


Typical Job Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require advanced degrees


Educator   Journalist
Publisher   Public Policy Analyst
Social Program Officer   Professor
Editorial Assistant   Editorial Interviewer
Author   Associate Pastor
Announcer   Arts Consultant
Author   Business Administrator
Counselor   Customer Service Representative
Editorial Assistant   Editorial Interviewer
Employment Interviewer   Financial Consultant
Insurance Underwriter   Lawyer
Journalist   Management Trainee
Marketing Research Analyst   Newswriter
Nursing Home Director   Public Relations Representative
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
Corporations   Government
Hospitals   Law Firms
Libraries   Media
Non-profit Organizations   Political Parties
Publishers   Publishing Companies
Real Estate Companies   Research Organizations

Match This Major To Careers

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Beginning Salary Ranges 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.

Salary Resources  

Skills Needed For This Career

Communicating in logical manner   Interest in pursuing, exploring and explaining intangible ideas
Debating skills   Self-discipline
Theory Development   Curiosity
Open-mindedness   Close, extensive reading
Objectivity   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
Society for Women in Philosophy 
American Philosophical Association
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Society for Business Ethics
Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory

Job Search Information 

Graduate Schools

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