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A Career Guide for the Philosophy Major


Philosophy majors participate in a tradition of thought as old as civilized life and as new as artificial intelligence and medical ethics. The major in Philosophy provides insight into the methods by which humans structure their world. The major provides awareness of fundamental ideas which influence the development of all major institutions--political, scientific, social, and economic. This major provides a sound liberal arts education. Also, because reasoning skills are so essential in most every area of human endeavor, as in business, the arts, law, diplomacy, and the social services, philosophy provides an invaluable basis for a wide variety of professional careers. When evaluating or analyzing by logical processes, one can develop both flexibility in thinking and increased skill in applying training in a wide range of career fields. Clear and effective oral and written communication skills become additionally important in this age of technology.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Puzzles
  • Reading
  • Working with computers
  • Solitary meditation
  • Examining issues of morality, reality, and knowledge
Aptitudes
  • Writing
  • Debating
  • Computer literacy
  • Sound judgment
  • Analyzing viewpoints
  • Logical thinking
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Perceptiveness
  • Communication/research analysis skills
  • Task oriented
  • Clear expression of ideas

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (minimum of 120 credit hours required): In addition to the University and college requirements for admission and graduation, students majoring in Philosophy are required to earn 30 credit hours in Philosophy.

Students are required to earn a grade of "C" in all courses specific to the Philosophy major. To graduate, Philosophy majors are required to complete two semesters of a sequential foreign language or demonstrate proficiency by examination.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Philosophy graduates:

Government /Public Sector
Philosopher
Policy Analyst
Paralegal
Peace Corps/Vista Volunteer
Librarian
Lawyer
Historical Preservation Staff
Curator
Foreign Service Officer
Lobbyist
Consumer Advocate
Member of Congress
Public Administrator
Revenue Agent, IRS
Business/Education
Financial Analyst
Corporate Trainer
Foundation Administrator
Human Resource Officer
Sales/Marketing Representative
Insurance Agent
Loan Administrator
Operations Researcher
Travel Agent
Retail Manager
Affirmative Action Officer
Editor of Newspaper
Production Manager
Foreign News Correspondent
Teacher/Professor
Government Official
Business Owner
Coordinator School and Youth Programs

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Dorothy F.Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Boca Raton Campus - Arts & Humanities Building, Room 213 (AH 213)
561-297-3800

Department of Philosophy
Boca Raton Campus - Arts & Humanities Building, Room 110 (AH 110)
561-297-3868


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the Schmidt College of Arts & Humanities and the Department of Philosophy.
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