Philosophy

With a versatile degree in philosophy, you will be prepared to work in any field that values critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Philosophy is the analysis and evaluation of the basic assumptions and inferences that we make in formulating arguments: about reality, truth, knowledge, reasoning, human nature, the ultimate goals of life, right and wrong conduct, and public institutions, laws and policies. Oakland’s philosophy program also provides solid training for advanced study in fields such as law, government and public administration, ministry and teaching.

This tool should only be used as a guide — remember to meet with your academic adviser, Career Services and/or faculty to determine appropriate career options.

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  • Advantages of Philosophy Degree

    Graduate Testing

    The intellectual skills that philosophy majors acquire -- analytic reasoning and writing -- enable them to achieve among the highest levels of success in graduate education and career advancement. For example, philosophy majors outperform all other college majors on the "verbal reasoning" and "analytic writing" sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), according to the Educational Testing Service.

    Philosophy majors also rank second among all majors in their performance on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), according to the Journal of Economic Education (Fall 1998).

    Career Earnings

    Philosophy majors leave college with intellectual skills that result in greater financial success at mid-career than most college graduates outside of the technical sciences (like Math and Engineering). This means that most philosophy majors actually end up with higher salaries than those who major in, for example, Business Management, Marketing, Accounting, Information Technology, Journalism, Communication, Nursing, Chemistry, Biology, Education, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, History, and English.

    Successful Graduates
    OU’s philosophy graduates have rewarding and successful careers in a variety of areas.