College of Arts & Science & University Studies
What Can I Do With a Major in Philosophy?
Philosophy is the study of the most basic ideas and ideals through which we understand ourselves and our world. As the pursuit of truth or, in its original Greek meaning, the love of wisdom, philosophy asks about who we are, the nature of the universe, and what it means to live a good life. Philosophy majors learn how to think and argue well, including how to support their claims with evidence, negotiate diverse perspectives, evaluate conflicting claims to truth, and reason clearly, and communicate effectively. Because they learn to analyze ideas and think through complicated questions, students are well-prepared with skills that are not only essential to most careers, but also the foundation of engaged and responsible citizenship.
The flexible curriculum in philosophy provides core knowledge in both ancient and modern philosophy and offerings in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, political theory, feminist theory, philosophy of science, and Asian philosophy, as well as 19th and 20th century philosophy. Students with other majors may minor in the history of philosophy or ethics, society, and culture.
Philosophy is an ideal major for those students dedicated to examining and responding to ideas, arguments, and theories, interested in reading some of the important texts of human thought, and prepared to deepen their sense of the meaning and varieties of the human experience in order to enhance self-knowledge, foresight, and a sense of the ethical, political, and aesthetic values that orient one’s relation to the world and to others. The study of philosophy provides students with valuable skills that prepare them for an array of careers, including those in medicine, law, politics, international relations, business, public relations, education, and public policy.
- Critical analysis
Research and development specialist
Industrial relations representative
Consumer relations representative
Real estate manager
- Human Services
- Social worker
- High school teacher
College or university professor
Higher education administrator
- Public relations specialist
Grant proposal development
- Research & Development
- Research analyst
- Public policy analyst
Foreign service agent
Foreign diplomacy representative
Note: Some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.
Opportunities - Graduate/Professional School
Philosophy is an excellent preparation for graduate work in law, medicine, business and other professional schools. Students are also well prepared to work toward a graduate degree in philosophy.
Opportunities - Experiential
Summer, part time, or volunteer work in human services, businesses, or governmental agencies, independent study with a faculty member, and involvement in student organizations.
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Developed by the College of Arts and Science Advising Office and the academic departmental offices with adaptations from Liberal Arts and Sciences - Skills - Career Opportunities, Career Planning and Placement Office, University of Michigan.