The Philosophy Major
Philosophy, in its broadest sense, is the sustained and thoughtful inquiry into the nature of the universe and the role of human beings within it. To this end, philosophy aims to develop students’ capacity for independent, critical thinking and to acquaint them with humankind’s efforts to carry out this investigation. Philosophers apply critical thinking to questions of values and beliefs in order to understand reality, clarify the nature of interactions between individuals and society, and come to terms with the problems of existence and ultimate values. Different schools of thought in economics, history, psychology, and education are based upon differences in philosophy. Political and religious beliefs and codes of ethic are based on philosophical assumptions.
Learn more about Philosophy at Carthage
Philosophy, Religion, Critical Thinking, Logic, English, History, Ethics
Course requirements for the Philosophy major
- Critical Thinking
- Interest in Pursuing, Exploring, and Explaining Intangible Ideas
- Analyzing Ideas
- Debating Skills
- Justification Of One’s Own Beliefs
- Problem Solving
- Deductive Reasoning
- Application of Philosophical Theory to Practice
Outlook for Field
Philosophy teaches the basics of critical and logical thinking which makes the study of this area complementary to any job, and is most useful when combined with another major. Employment of writers and editors is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2018. Employment of college and university faculty is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018 as enrollments in higher education increase. Projected growth in the occupations will be due primarily to increases in college and university enrollment over the next decade. This growth stems mainly from the expected increase in the population of 18- to 24-year-olds, who constitute the majority of students at postsecondary institutions.
Nationally humanities majors with bachelor’s degrees reported starting salaries of $34,982 in 2010.
Possible Career Paths
Please note that list includes careers requiring differing degrees of education and training.
- Professor, Philosophy
- Religious Fields
- Bio Ethics
- Social Services Worker
- Nonprofit Administrator