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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.
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The analytical, rhetorical and writing skills developed through the study of philosophy provide ideal preparation for careers in a wide range of fields, including:
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:
|Business Intelligence Analysts||3.3%||$83,410|
|Criminal Investigators and Special Agents||-1.2%||$79,870|
|Investment Fund Managers||3.9%||$105,060|
|Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates||0.6%||$115,140|
|Judicial Law Clerks||-6.3%||$48,640|
|Law Teachers, Postsecondary||21.7%||$109,980|
|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 Managers||7.1%||$101,510|
|Regulatory Affairs Managers||3.9%||$105,060|
|Social and Community Service Managers||9.5%||$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).