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Department of Philosophy
What can I do with a philosophy degree?

The study of philosophy is its own reward. It deepens your engagement with fundamental questions regarding the self, others, and the world. But the study of philosophy also offers great practical rewards. It cultivates skills in persuasive writing, clear thinking and logical criticism, and it increases the power and discipline of the imagination.

The skills developed by studying philosophy will serve you well no matter what career path you choose. Career fields include:

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Medical Ethics
  • Business
  • Clergy
  • Public Policy
  • Publishing
  • Research
  • Nonprofits
  • Management

Studying philosophy is excellent preparation for graduate study, professional school, seminary, and any career path in which clear thought and expression are valued. In fact, the scores of philosophy majors on the GRE, the LSAT, and the GMAT are among the highest of any major.

We also encourage you to pursue internships. Internships are excellent ways to combine your education with practical work experience in industry, business, and government. For help with your resume, internship/job placement, or general career advice, contact:

CLA Career Services Office
308 Tichenor Hall
Phone 334-844-4026


Those who have only a bachelor's degree in philosophy see their salaries grow at a faster rate than do majors from any other discipline!