Philosophy (BA)

The BA program in philosophy teaches students how to think well, which in turn lays the foundation for personal and professional success. Philosophy students learn how to structure arguments, write precisely and clearly, and communicate their ideas in an orderly, persuasive and unambiguous way. Many philosophical texts are complicated, and philosophy courses teach students how to read, comprehend and summarize conceptually difficult material. In short, studying philosophy trains one to be a better, clearer thinker.

Coursework includes the major subfields of philosophy such as metaphysics, epistemology and ethics as well as electives that connect philosophy to other areas of inquiry and emphasize the social relevance of philosophy. Philosophy alumni are well-prepared for leadership roles in whatever path they take, whether it be in business, law, politics, medicine or education.

Degree Offered

Philosophy (BA)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Location
Tempe, Online

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Application Requirements

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Career Outlook

The analytical, rhetorical and writing skills developed through the study of philosophy provide ideal preparation for careers in a wide range of fields, including:

  • business
  • education
  • journalism
  • law
  • medicine
  • public service

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Business Intelligence Analysts9.3%$88,510
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents4.5%$79,970
Editors-1.4%$58,770
Financial Analysts 10.9%$84,300
Intelligence Analysts4.5%$79,970
Investment Fund Managers8%$105,610
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates5.6%$133,840
Judicial Law Clerks5.5%$51,330
Law Teachers, Postsecondary 12.3%$104,910
Lawyers8.2%$119,250
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers4%$94,790
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 10.4%$60,670
Military Officer Special and Tactical Operations Leaders, All Other
Legislators7.1%$25,630
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 10.4%$111,280
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8%$105,610
Security Managers8%$105,610
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Software Developers, Applications 30.7%$101,790
Video Game Designers9.3%$88,510

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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