Philosophy is a college major that will not directly lead to “Employment” in the field of Philosophy. However, being a philosophy major will prepare you for almost every career possible. It’s designed not to train you for a specific profession, but to train you to think logically as well as asymmetrically. Most Philosophy majors will go onto graduate school in any number of professions. Philosophy is a great college major for those who seek a traditional liberal arts education and environment.

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Provided by The University of Florida Department of Philosophy

Philosophy is the study of the most fundamental questions that arise in our reflection on ourselves and our place in the natural world. Most students who major in philosophy study it for its intrinsic interest. Nonetheless, relatively few people become professional or academic philosophers. For most of us, our professional lives are spent in other endeavors. 

Once you have your degree in philosophy you can choose to either continue your education with graduate or professional degrees or jump right into the work place.

There are many different paths the philosophy major can go in continuing his or her education. With a degree in philosophy if you chose to move on to a graduate program, you can keep with philosophy or move into a related field of your choosing. Law, Journalism, Medicine and Business are all popular options.

You don’t have to continue your education to become successful with this degree. The job market for philosophy majors can lead you into teaching, civil service or even politics and other public services. Some even go on to become self employed.

When analyzed into its Greek morphemes, the word “philosophy” literally means “love of wisdom”, but it would be a mistake to infer that this is an apt description of contemporary philosophy.  Philosophy has changed since the time of the ancient Greeks, and so we must look beyond the word's original meaning if we are to discover the discipline's nature. The dominant sort of philosophy in America, and thus the type that most students will encounter in college, is analytic philosophy.  Analytic philosophy can roughly be characterized as the activity of trying to provide sound arguments for controversial conclusions. Perhaps the chief aim of the major in philosophy is a deeper understanding of issues that every thoughtful person confronts at some point.  The desire for deeper understanding is a perfectly acceptable reason to major in philosophy; one need not invent practical motives. At many institutions, the major in philosophy has comparatively lenient hour requirements.  Many programs require only 30 hours worth of philosophy courses to obtain the B.A.