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When you major in Philosophy, you hone your critical thinking and analytical skills by studying the questions that have puzzled us for centuries. Does life have purpose? What are the origins of good and evil? What’s right and wrong? Studying and applying reason to questions like these will prepare you well for a career in a variety of areas that need strong thinkers.

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What you’ll study:

History of philosophy, contemporary moral issues, social and political philosophy, business ethics, biomedical ethics.

What you can do:

Become a philosopher, a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor or a public servant.

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A philosopher: Median pay $63,660 per year. Philosophers try to answer some of the fundamental human questions about religion, art, free will, morality, time and space, truth and the relationship between the brain and the physical world.

A teacher: Median pay $75,430 per year (postsecondary). Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books

A lawyer: Median pay $118,160 per year. Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses and government agencies on legal issues and disputes (requires a law degree and passing the bar exam).

A political scientist: Median pay $114,290 per year. Political scientists study the origin, development and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze governments, policies, political trends and related issues.

A doctor: Median pay $208,000 per year. Doctors diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries (requires passing the MCAT, a medical degree and three - seven years of internships and residency).

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Contact Information

Brandon Fralix

Brandon Fralix

Chair, Division of Humanities

Phone: 973-748-9000, ext. 1139
Office: Seibert Hall, Room 28

“Open ears and sharp eyes are the philosopher's best tutors.” – James Lendall Basford, watchmaker and author
“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.” – Rene Descartes, philosopher
“The object of studying philosophy is to know one’s own mind, not other people’s.” – Dean Inge, author