"Philosophy is nothing other than wisdom itself so far as it is accessible to human nature"
Many students choose to earn a degree in philosophy because they are concerned about social issues and desire to make contributions toward a more just world.
The philosophy program at Marian University will provide you with a thorough introduction to a range of topics in philosophy, including subjects like ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and political philosophy.
You'll explore these subjects by completing a systematic curriculum emphasizing their historical approaches. In addition, you'll explore philosophical topics as they relate to the Catholic intellectual tradition.
You can choose to earn a bachelor's degree in philosophy or minor in philosophy at Marian University.
If you choose to major in philosophy, the structure of our curriculum enables you to pursue a second major in another field of your choosing, such as history, psychology, sociology, or theology.
Philosophy majors may complete coursework to earn an academic minor in subjects like Catholic studies, gender studies, global studies, history, or peace and justice studies.
Academic concentrations in fields like ethics, pre-law studies, and social work are also available.
B.A. in Philosophy: 36 Credits
Philosophy courses provide you with knowledge about:
Argument versus description; forms of judgment; categorical versus hypothetical argument; validity versus truth; formal and informal fallacies.
Theories of virtue and obligation; strengths and weaknesses of those theories; major contemporary ethical issues; ethical foundations of political and social ideologies.
Ways of knowing: scientific, religious, artistic, philosophical; classical theories of knowledge; issues in contemporary philosophy of science.
Major theories of being; metaphysics and empirical science; natural theology; metaphysics and ethics.
History of philosophy
Plato and Aristotle; Augustine and Aquinas; modern and contemporary philosophy.
Your knowledge translates into skills and abilities like:
Your skills and abilities are well-suited to careers in:
Did you know some of the nation's top business leaders majored in philosophy? Here are just a few:
The study of philosophy will give you valuable skills, including communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, and an analytical ability to look at all sides of a problem or thesis to identify the core issues.
Majoring in philosophy also provides you with good preparation if you plan to attend law or other graduate schools in fields like education, political science, and business.
Among the career paths you might choose are:
In its 2017-18 College Salary Report, PayScale.com finds that while philosophy majors may have relatively low salaries in the early stages of their careers with an average of $44,800, by the time they reach the midpoint of their careers, are earning a median salary of $85,100.
PayScale's findings put philosophy majors ahead of college graduates who earned degrees fields including marketing, business management, history, and accounting, among others.
You can also find information about careers and salaries from the American Philosophical Association.
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