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Close-up of two hands cradling a small glass globe, representing how philosophy majors examine the world.

Interested in a philosophy major?

Philosophy critically examines the most fundamental beliefs about the world and the place of people in it. Inquiry in philosophy grapples with such questions as: Can we be certain of our beliefs? What are the grounds for correct judgments? How do we distinguish between right and wrong? What is a person? Are we free or causally determined? Is there a God?

Students with a philosophy major develop the ability to reason, to distinguish between good and bad arguments, to navigate through a maze of questions, to clarify puzzling concepts and to use logic in situations ruled all too often by prejudices.


Graduates with a philosophy major pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of critical thinking, problem solving and communication.

Alumni work at: 

  • U.S. congressional offices
  • American English Center
  • prAna Living
  • Sierra Club
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Educational Testing Service
  • State of Michigan

Alumni work as: 

  • Mortgage loan originators
  • Legislative and political director
  • English teaching Fulbright fellows
  • Software developers
  • Attorneys
  • Client service advocates
  • Digital content managers

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