Department of Philosophy
"Philosophy begins when one learns to doubt - particularly to doubt one's cherished beliefs, one's dogmas and one's axioms"
The Philosophy Department at Florida Atlantic University offers a high quality Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy.
Several philosophy majors from Florida Atlantic University have successfully pursued their graduate/professional education at institutions such as Oxford University, Columbia University, Princeton University, The New School Universisty (formerly, The New School for Social Research), SUNY Stony Brook, and SUNY Binghampton.
The quality of the philosophy program at Florida Atlantic University is enhanced by an active research faculty that produces numerous professional publications and conference presentations, both at the national and the international levels. More information is found at Faculty and Recent Faculty Publications .
The Philosophy Department offers an undergraduate program of study that prepares students for various career opportunities. For example, one of our former philosophy majors eventually went on to receive a Master's degree in computer science and to start his own web development company. He has recently returned to FAU to pursue another graduate degree, this time in complex systems and brain sciences.
This former student stresses that his degree in philosophy has been critical to his success as a web developer and the skills he learned from studying philosophy have actually helped improve his coding skills. He discusses the important role that studying philosophy has played in his life in a Miami Herald article titled "For the Liberal Arts, All is Not Lost in the Digital Future".
For another interesting article on the many benefits of studying philosophy, see Patricia Yollin's "Philosophy's Popularity Soars: Devotees Find It's More Than 'An Interesting Path to Poverty'" .
Another recent article in The Atlantic ( "The Earning Power of Philosophy Majors" ) points out that the earning power of philosophy majors is higher than that of other humanities majors, both in the early and later stages of their career. This claim is based on a new report issued by Payscale. As the article points out "employers value creative problem solving and the ability to deal with ambiguity [and philosophy majors] have creative problem solving abilities that set them apart."
A recent study shows that philosophy majors "have the potential to earn higher-than-average income throughout all stages of their career. compared to other professions with little growth over time." This is because the study of philosophy is unique among the humanities in that that it develops and enhances not only creative and interpretive skills but also analytical and critical skills.
This study also demonstrates that philosophy majors score higher on the LSAT and on the qualitative and analytical portions of the GRE than any other major, and that they score higher on the quantitative portion of the GRE than any other major other than physics and mathematics.
Due to the excellent and well-rounded intellectual training that the study of philosophy provides, it is an excellent preparation for the study of law and for many other non-academic careers. See
Non-Academic Careers for Philosophers
In addition to offering the more traditional philosophy major, the Philosophy Department also offers a philosophy major track in Pre-Law for students who wish to go on to law school. See Pre-Law and Philosophy
Dr. Marina Banchetti
Undergraduate Adviser: Dr. Clevis Headley
Senior Secretary: Mrs. Sheryl Hulet