Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Philosophy BS

Program Overview

Most of the skills required for student and career success—how to learn, how to apply that learning in professional and personal environments, and how to communicate that knowledge—are central to philosophy. Philosophy students are taught to evaluate complex problems, identify and examine underlying principles, investigate issues from diverse perspectives, and communicate clearly in both written and oral forms. The philosophy degree provides a thorough grounding in core areas of philosophy, such as the history of philosophy, ethics, and logical argumentation, as well as a core competence in another discipline, encouraging students to creatively pursue cross-disciplinary studies.

The philosophy major provides a thorough grounding in core areas of philosophy (history of philosophy, ethics, and logical argumentation), as well as a four-course specialization within philosophy. Students combine philosophy with a core competence (or even a double major) in another discipline, encouraging them to creatively pursue cross-disciplinary studies. The major concludes with an optional Senior Thesis.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 2 students are enrolled in the program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: N/A
  • Co-op availability: Second Year summer through Third Year Summer

Salary Information

Co-op:    ID
BS:          ID

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.

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, Teacher.

Significant Points

  • Senior Thesis - Building on their philosophy specialization and their professional core, students investigate a particular question in depth through research.
  • 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.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

RIT, University of Rochester, City of Rochester, Clarkson University

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