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Philosophy

Philosophy Program Overview

 

Philosophy is where education begins and ends; it is both the source and fruition of human thought.

Philosophy at the University of Providence finds the ideas and the ideals which have captured and captivated the minds of human beings. In a highly technical age, philosophy becomes doubly important, for it nourishes the heart, examines purpose, and feeds the intellect. The student who chooses a minor in philosophy should expect to graduate with a solid knowledge of why the present time is as it is – politically, religiously, economically, etc., and thus will be well-equipped to cope with, and perhaps even to change that present for the better. In addition, the student will have come to possess a solid set of concepts about human nature, an ability to appreciate and to enjoy life and living, and a scientific method of making moral and legal judgments.

UP’s course will cover several topics, including:

  • What is a good human life?
  • How should we order our lives together as citizens?
  • Does God exist? What attitude should I take towards him?
  • What makes humans uniquely worthy of dignity and how does that fit within a scientifically informed view of the world?

 

Program Curriculum

 
Philosophy Degree

Skills You’ll Learn

Students who earn a Philosophy minor from the University of Providence will learn these skills and more:

  • Logical Analysis
  • Argumentative
  • Analytical thinking
  • Communication
  • Research

 

Career Outcomes

Those interested in moving on to law and business schools will be happy to know philosophy majors tend to have the highest scores in the LSAT and GMAT, a requirement to get into those schools. According to the Educational Testing Service, those with a bachelors in Philosophy have fourth-highest median earnings, at $81,200 per year; more than business and chemistry majors.

A philosophy minor, with its emphasis on developing clear and concise skills in rational argument, is an immensely valuable preparation for legal studies, and success in the business world. By developing empathetic capacities in knowing and understanding what other people value, you will receive excellent preparation for the care of others characteristic of medical and educational degrees.

 

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Program Faculty

Jonathan Nelson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy
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Brendan Palla, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of ILC/Ethics
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Contact Information

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long will it take to complete a Philosophy minor?

The UP Philosophy minor is designed to fit smoothly into a 4-year plan for any degree. After taking required philosophy classes for the Lumen core, students only need to take three required courses in the history of philosophy. After that they can take either two elective philosophy courses or integrated learning classes that connect philosophical inquiry with questions closely connected with their professional interests, while also counting towards Lumen core requirements.

How much will I make with a degree in Philosophy?

Although we don’t have data on earnings potential for philosophy minors, Philosophy majors enjoy some of the highest earnings potentials of any major. Philosophy majors in their mid-career out-earn biology majors, business majors, and psychology majors. The mid-career median earnings of a philosophy major is around $75,000-80,000 (in 2019 dollars).

What kind of jobs can I get with a minor in Philosophy?

Philosophy is an excellent preparation for any field that values clear, precise thinking, with an ability to empathetically engage with the values and thoughts of other people. Philosophers go into successful careers in business, law, and the medical professions.

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