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.
- 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 InformationCo-op: ID
Student Skills & CapabilitiesCategorize, 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 / QualificationsPhilosophy 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 TitlesBusiness Ethics Consultant, Lawyer, Philosophy Instructor, Teacher.
- 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 PartnersRIT, University of Rochester, City of Rochester, Clarkson University
Contact UsWe 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 https://www.rit.edu/careerservices.
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