Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Philosophy BS

Program Overview

The philosophy program provides a thorough grounding in the three main areas of philosophy (history, value theory, and reasoning/epistemology), as well as a four-course specialization within philosophy. The program concludes with a senior thesis integrating philosophy with a field of application.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 18 students are enrolled in the program.

Salary Information

*BS:  $38,000                            $31,700 – $47,167
*Statistics from the Nat’l Assn. of Colleges & Employers (NACE) for Spring 2016 graduates.

Student Skills & Capabilities

  • Categorize, critique, assess, and compare major figures and movements in the history of philosophy.
  • Apply different theoretical approaches to ethical and other value-oriented issues.
  • Examine, reconstruct, and fairly assess various and opposing arguments on a subject.
  • Present cogent arguments in support of their own philosophical positions.
  • Formulate a thesis, conduct literature review, perform necessary research, and present and defend a defined philosophical position.
  • Categorize, critique, and assess positions within a particular subfield of philosophy.
 Professional/Technical Skills

Each student must complete a series of courses designed to provide foundational knowledge in a professional/technical discipline outside of Philosophy which complements the student’s studies in Philosophy. Such a professional core will be at least 15 credit hours and can be satisfied in any of the following ways:
·Completing an existing minor (outside of philosophy)
·Completing an individually designed professional core (subject to the approval of the student’s philosophy advisor and the external department); or
·For double-majors, completing the major in the other discipline

Nature of Work

Business ethics consultants evaluate the ethical practices of individuals or organizations, often meeting with the ethics boards or other governing bodies within an organization to develop a plan for training employees in compliance with the law and in their moral and ethical obligations to the company, to clients, to potential employees, and to the public. Philosophy instructors conduct college-level courses in the field of philosophy. Areas of instruction include ethics, logic, metaphysics, aesthetics, and political philosophy.  They are also responsible for preparing and delivering lectures and leading classroom discussions.

Training / Qualifications

Philosophy students who pursue careers in law, higher education or business ethics will need to attend graduate school. Philosophy graduates usually pursue entry-level jobs in which they can apply their skills at speaking and writing, such as editors.

Job Titles

Business Ethics Consultant, Lawyer, Philosophy Instructor


Philosophy instructors work for colleges and universities. Philosophy majors interested in ethics and social or political philosophy with superb writing and speaking skills may pursue a career at a non-profit.

Significant Points

  • • Senior Thesis - Building on their philosophy specialization and their professional core, students investigate a particular question in depth through research.
  • Students choose a faculty member to serve as a primary adviser and to help identify a subject topic.
  • The finished thesis is discussed and examined by a committee including two other faculty members.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the career services coordinator who works with the Philosophy program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Lisa Monette, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7413; 585.475.2301
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center . 57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
Unless otherwise noted, information is based upon data collected by RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.