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Philosophy seeks answers to such fundamental questions as: What is ultimately real? What is the nature and extent of our knowledge? What is the source and nature of our moral obligations? Students majoring in Philosophy explore these types of questions and develop answers that can be defended in the arena of reasoned controversy. Philosophy covers many areas of the human experience, including the study of reality, existence, logic, and moral and social issues.

Philosophy graduates pursue careers in business, education, government, and the Nonprofit sector. Future career options may be determined not so much by the choice of the philosophy major, but by your interests, skills, values, and types of work experiences acquired during college. Regardless of your career aspirations, increase your marketability to employers through internships, related work experience, good grades, advanced coursework, and involvement in campus activities. Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills, accomplishments, and work experience while in school.

A Sample of Related Occupations

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Advertising Account Executive FBI/CIA Agent Personnel Recruiter
Attorney Financial Planner Professor/Educator
Business Manager Foreign Service Officer Psychologist
Child Welfare Worker Fundraiser Public Information Officer
Claims Examiner Government Agency Administrator Public Policy Specialist
Conflict Resolution Specialist Hospital Administrator Public Relations Specialist
Consultant Human Resources Specialist Public Service Official
Consumer Advocate Insurance Agent/Broker Publications Specialist
Copy Writer Investment Counselor Realtor
Corporate Trainer Journalist Religious Leader
Corrections Officer Lawyer Sales/Marketing Representative
Counselor Lobbyist Social Worker
Customer Relations Representative Market Researcher Travel Consultant
Editor/Writer  Nonprofit Administrator  Youth Counselor

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Advertising Agencies  Law Firms Personnel Agencies
Consumer Organizations Libraries Professional Associations
Cultural Organizations Magazines/Newspapers Public Relations Firms
Entertainment Firms Management/Consulting Firms Publishing Firms
Foundations Manufacturing Firms Retail Stores
Hotels/Restaurants/Resorts Media Organizations Universities
Insurance Companies  Museum, Historical Societies  

Government Agencies
Central Intelligence Agency Drug Enforcement Agency Peace Corps
Civil Rights Commission Federal Bureau of Investigation Smithsonian Institution
Consumer Affairs Office Federal/State Congressional Offices U.S. Customs Service
Criminal Courts Foreign Service U.S. Information Agency
Department of Labor Legislative Affairs  Voice of America
Division of Youth and Family Services    

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