Social & Behavioral Sciences
Philosophy

Philosophy is the study and examination of belief systems and the underlying concepts that drive that particular system.  Belief systems are more than religious (which is one area in philosophy) and they can encompass a wide range of thought and ideals which drive societies and cultures.  Understanding various systems can enable graduates to work in areas where philosophy is applied and incorporated.  Law and ministry are two areas that require some philosophy as a foundation.

Students who choose to study philosophy generally do it as a minor or else as a second major to compliment degrees such as English, ministry, history, economics and business.  Many students who pursue philosophy as a major will follow it up with graduate studies in either seminary or religious studies, or else law or teaching.

Courses of study within philosophy will include looking at classical ideas that impacted existing belief systems, some from ancient times, as well as exposure and study of modern thinking.  Additionally, critical thinking, research and statistics will help form good research and analytical skills necessary to succeed in the profession.

Graduates holding a degree in philosophy will discover a wide range of career choices to pursue. Depending on the track students wish to take, jobs in government, business, religion and civic organizations are common.  By and large, philosophy majors will continue on to law school, seminary or teaching. 

The job outlook in fields related to philosophy greatly depends on the area of work being examined and considered.  Human relations and management positions are a good match for graduates with a degree in philosophy, and both will see better than average growth in the next few years.  However, teaching jobs are a bit more competitive and may require specialization to be considered for these types of positions.

Schools That Offer This Program:
West Coast University
Strayer University
Western International University
Western International University
Western International University
Southwestern College
Southwestern College
Southwestern College
Lincoln College Online
Grantham University
Grantham University
Brookline College
New England Institute of Technology
American Intercontinental University
American Intercontinental University
American Intercontinental University
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Brown Mackie College
South University
Bryant & Stratton College
Southern New Hampshire University
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