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Philosophy Careers

A degree in philosophy can prepare you for a diverse range of careers in fields such as:

  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Education
  • Government
  • Law and criminal justice
  • Management
  • Medicine
  • Publishing
  • Systems analysis

Most Mount Mary philosophy majors have two majors: one in philosophy and one in a career-oriented major within the university. While a philosophy major pairs well with every other major offered by the university, programs in art, business, education, social work and theology are popular majors to pair with a philosophy major.

Recent Mount Mary graduates in philosophy are employed in careers in art, education, family studies, library and information sciences, social work, theology, women’s studies and academic philosophy.

Career Opportunities with an Advanced Degree in Philosophy

Mount Mary’s philosophy major prepares students for careers in teaching and research in philosophy, or can supplement knowledge in another career field such as law or medical ethics. A graduate degree in philosophy at the master’s or doctoral level typically is required for these career opportunities.

Philosophy graduates who teach and research at a postsecondary school earn a median salary of about $65,000 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nearly 60 percent of Mount Mary’s philosophy graduates have earned an advanced degree. Graduates from Mount Mary have performed successful graduate work at Boston College, George Washington University, Marquette University, Northern Illinois University and other universities.