Philosophy
Holloway Hall

Why do Philosophy?

So what can you do with a philosophy major? The only true answer to this question is: with a major in philosophy, you will be prepared to do practically anything that requires communication skills, the ability to think creatively and analytically, and the ability to solve problems.

Our students cultivate their abilities to read carefully, to argue reflectively, to write clearly and to speak persuasively. Philosophy students score among the highest of all majors on graduate school entrance exams such as the GRE and LSAT. Our students have gone on to enjoy tremendous success in a wide range of fields, such as:

  • Business (Administration)
  • Business (Executive)
  • Computer Programming
  • Education (Primary, Secondary, Higher)
  • Law
  • Library and Information Science
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Professional Writing
  • Religious Ministry
  • Social Work and Counseling

Philosophy is not just an excellent major to choose for a variety of careers – it is preparation for living a fulfilling life. We want our students to be thoughtful and reflective persons, wise and engaged parents, active and responsible citizens. We believe that students graduating from our program have something very positive and important to contribute to our society – and we do everything we can to help our students prepare for the next stage of their lives. We do one-on-one career counseling with each of our majors and, in coordination with the University's Career Services, help our students get ready for the "job market". Please click here for specific career information for philosophy majors.

Students graduating from our program have been accepted into the following Law Schools:

  • American University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • DePaul University
  • Franklin Pierce
  • Georgetown University
  • Loyola University of New Orleans
  • St. Louis University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Virginia

Students graduating from our Philosophy program have been accepted into Graduate programs and been offered well over half a million dollars in scholarships and assistantships by the following institutions:

  • Boston College (French, Philosophy)
  • Boston University (Theology)
  • Brandeis University (English)
  • Duquesne University (Philosophy and Psychology)
  • Emory University (Philosophy)
  • Fordham University (Philosophy)
  • Georgetown University (Philosophy)
  • George Mason University (Religious Studies)
  • George Washington University (Philosophy/Social Policy, Psychology)
  • Harvard University (Theology)
  • Northeastern University (English)
  • Ohio University (Philosophy)
  • Loyola University of Chicago (Philosophy)
  • Marquette University (Philosophy)
  • Miami University of Ohio (Philosophy)
  • Northern Illinois University (Philosophy)
  • Notre Dame University (English)
  • St. Louis University (Philosophy)
  • Tulane University (Philosophy)
  • University of Arizona (English)
  • University of California at Riverside (Philosophy)
  • University of Chicago (Philosophy)
  • University of Delaware (Philosophy)
  • University of Leuven (Philosophy)
  • University of Memphis (Philosophy)
  • University of Maryland at Baltimore (Social Work)
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Counseling)
  • University of New Mexico (Philosophy)
  • University of North Carolina (Psychology)
  • University of Northern Arizona (Environmental Thought)
  • University of Rhode Island (Philosophy)
  • University of South Carolina (Social Work)
  • University of South Florida (Philosophy)
  • University of Tennessee (Philosophy and Psychology)
  • University of Toledo (Philosophy)
  • University of Virginia (Theology)
  • Villanova University (Philosophy and Theology)
  • Wesley School of Theology
  • West Chester University (Philosophy)

For more information about Graduate programs, please click here.

Does this mean that all our Philosophy graduates either become lawyers or academics? By no means! The following list gives you a brief sampling of some of the many different things that our majors have done or are now doing:

  • Administrator Assistant to the CEO National Mental Health Assoc.
  • Administrative Assistant Eastern Shore Hospice
  • President Construction Company
  • Vice President and Partner Construction Company
  • Health Maintenance Program State of Maryland
  • Executive Staff PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
  • Sales Representative for a national environmental corporation
  • Actress School of Dramatic Arts
  • Director of Computer Operations Eastern Shore Regional Library
  • Computer Operations Executive Perdue Corporation
  • Vista Volunteers to America
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps
  • High School Teacher Loyola High School Baltimore
  • Psychologist and CEO Counseling Associates