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Why Study Philosophy

galvPhilosophy is one of the most exciting fields of study in the liberal arts. It investigates some of the most basic questions that arise in human life. (How can we know what we know? What is the basic nature of reality and what is humans’ place within it? What would making the world a better place consist in?) Not only do students of philosophy get to learn what some of the world’s great thinkers have had to say about these questions, along the way they also develop the ability to communicate clearly, think creatively, and analyze complex issues.

The high level of skill philosophy majors acquire in communication, analysis and critical thinking enables them to secure jobs in a variety of private and public sector professions. Depending on the concentration selected, available career opportunities include, but are not limited to: public policy analyst; business manager; public administrator; computer programmer; intelligence officer; legislator; teacher; foreign diplomat; social worker; community developer; philanthropic organizer; medical doctor; lawyer; researcher; writer; theologian; human resource management; publishers; ethics consultant in a variety of fields, e.g. medicine, engineering, and the sciences.

For more information:

Reasons to study philosophy from Oxford University, University of British Columbia,Centenary College of Louisiana, and the University of Northern Colorado

A slideshow of famous philosophy majors

A story from The Guardian on the growing demand for philosophy majors from employers.


A Denver Post article about the recent increase in philosophy majors, featuring our own Department Chair, Jane Kneller.

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