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

Tempe, Online

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission 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 Analysts 3.3%$83,410
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents-1.2%$79,870
Financial Analysts 11.7%$78,620
Intelligence Analysts -1.2%$79,870
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates0.6%$115,140
Judicial Law Clerks-6.3%$48,640
Law Teachers, Postsecondary 21.7%$109,980
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers-3.6%$87,980
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 9.2%$57,180
Military Officer Special and Tactical Operations Leaders, All Other
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers7.1%$101,510
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Security Managers 3.9%$105,060
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Software Developers, Applications 18.8%$95,510
Video Game Designers 3.3%$83,410

* 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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