PHILOSOPHY

General Information:

Philosophy is the study of ideas that are fundamental, central, or exalted. A student of philosophy seeks to understand principles that underpin all knowledge and being.
In Greek, the word "philosophy" means "love of wisdom",
Through the rise of universities and the separation of learning disciplines, philosophy has taken on a more specialized meaning. Major philosophical problems include: "What do we know?", "How do we know?", and "What is the meaning of life?"
More concretely, a philosophy major teaches analytical and critical thinking skills, develops oral and written communication skills, and contributes to interdisciplinary understanding. Skills developed help philosophy students to excel in careers in law, medicine, management, education, government, writing, computer science, psychology, sociology, and ministry among many others. Philosophy majors consistently score in the top percentiles for all majors on the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, and other graduate and professional admissions tests.

Career Possibilities:

Arbitrator
Editor
FBI/CIA Agent
Lawyer
Librarian
Lobbyist
Museum Manager
Professor
Research
Philosopher
Social Worker
Technical Writer
Human Resources
Management
Public Relations
Government
Ministry
Political Science
Historian
Social Service Administrator
Archives Specialist
Criminal Justice
Documentary Director
Politician

 

Applicable UCCS Graduate Programs:

M.A. Communication
M.A. Counseling and Human Services
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction
M.A. General Psychology
M.A. Sociology

 

Statistics:

Statistics for philosophy and religion teachers:

Median wages (2003)

$50,110 annual

Employment (2002)

1,581,000 employees

Projected growth (2002-2012)

Much faster than average (36+%)

Projected need (2002-2012)

960,000 additional employees
Median Salary for philosophy majors: $35,000 (entry level)

$52,000 (with experience)

 

UCCS Clubs:

History Club
Philosophy Club
Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
Psi Chi & Psychology Club

 

For More Information

www.apa.udel.edu/apa/professional/data
www.idealist.org/career