Why Study Philosophy

The primary concern of philosophy is to explore ideas that are central to the ways we live and that we commonly use without much reflection, ideas such as truth and justice, the notion of consciousness and good and evil. In the course of our daily lives, we take the ideas of time, language, knowledge and our own identity for granted. Philosophy seeks to push our understanding of these ideas deeper. It is the systematic study of ideas that is fundamental to all the other disciplines taught at the university — the sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts.

The skills philosophy helps to develop — critical thinking, sound reasoning, enlightened use of one's imagination, and the capacity to analyze complex issues — are invaluable in the study of any subject or the pursuit of any vocation. Philosophy is unavoidable: every thoughtful individual is gripped by philosophical questions and guided by assumptions that the study of philosophy brings explicitly to light and puts into larger perspective.

What Can I Do With A Philosophy Degree?

Our majors have pursued careers in medicine, law, computer science, business management, public relations, sales and many other arenas. Both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have published stories about how employers in a variety of fields are looking for candidates who can solve problems, think and write clearly, organize ideas, question assumptions, sort through a mass of information and identify what’s essential, as well as find — in the midst of heated debate — some common ground. These are all talents that the study of philosophy cultivates and develops. 

Learn more on the Hiatt Career Center Web site.