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Philosophy : Degrees and Careers for Military & Veterans

Start a Great Career with a Degree in Philosophy

Do you love to wax philosophical? Have you always pondered some of the fundamental questions of life such as:

  • what makes some actions morally right and others wrong?
  • do we have free will?
  • what is reality ultimately made out of?
  • is there a god?

A degree in Philosophy won’t necessarily help you answer these questions, but it will foster critical thinking skills, teach thinking from positions of multiple perspectives, and help students readily recognize the strengths and weaknesses of arguments and perspectives. Earning a degree in Philosophy can be found in an Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral program.

Associate Degree in Philosophy

Philosophy is the practice of thinking critically and rationally about human problems of existence including the topics of knowledge, morality, art, and religion. An Associate Degree in Philosophy is excellent preparation for a wide variety of entry-level careers and further educational success.

Jobs with an Associate Degree in Philosophy

Teacher Assistant – Work with a licensed teacher to give students additional attention and instruction. May specialize in specific student populations given area(s) of expertise. Median Annual Salary: $29,000.

Legal Assistant – Perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers. Median Annual Salary: $52,000.

Clergy – Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Median Annual Salary: $55,000.

GI Bill® Approved Schools Offering Bachelor’s Degrees in Philosophy

Allan Hancock College – Offers an Associate of Arts for Transfer in Philosophy. The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree is designed to prepare the student for transfer to four-year institutions of higher education while also satisfying the lower division requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree in Philosophy at a California State University.

Contra Costa College – Offers an Associate of Arts in Philosophy for Transfer. The AA for Transfer degree is designed to prepare the student for transfer to four-year institutions of higher education while also satisfying the lower division requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree in Philosophy at a California State University. CCC also offers a Certificate of Achievement in Philosophy.

Online Associate Degrees in Philosophy

Fort Hays State University

Offers several Philosophy Certificates.

  • General Philosophy
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion

These programs are offered both online and as a campus-based programs. Fort Hays State University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy

A Bachelor’s in Philosophy will help students develop a variety of useful skills including:

  • critical thinking
  • construction of reasoning
  • evaluation of reasoning
  • consideration of many different perspectives on a single subject
  • charitable understanding of alternative views
  • clear written and verbal communication on complex topics
  • critical evaluation for and against a range of possible views

This is a wonderful foundation for those seeking careers and/or further education in majors from law, medical, and business to the humanities, social sciences, and education. Upon graduation, students can choose to enter the workforce and/or pursue further education by earning a graduate degree.

Jobs with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy

Legislator – An elected position responsible for the development, introduction, and/or enactment of laws and statutes at the local, state, tribal, or federal level. Median Annual Salary: $30,000.

Secondary Teacher – Teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college. Median Annual Salary: $63,000.

Top Executive – Plan strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. Top executives work in nearly every industry, for both small and large organizations. Median Annual Salary: $108,000.

GI Bill® Approved Schools Offering Bachelor’s Degrees in Philosophy

George Mason UniversityOffers a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Philosophy, both with various concentrations including Law, Politics, and Economics. George Mason University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

University of South Alabama (USA) Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. The USA participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg – Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a BA in Philosophy with a Pre-Law Concentration. USM Hattiesburg participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Online Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy

Fort Hays State University

Offers a fully online Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. This is also offered as a campus-based program. Fort Hays also offers a campus-based Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, pre-Theology emphasis. Fort Hays State University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Master’s Degree in Philosophy

A Master’s Degree in Philosophy is a popular choice for those seeking to become an expert in this field. A graduate degree in Philosophy is also a great choice for those choosing career paths such as writing or teaching.

Jobs with a Master’s Degree in Philosophy

Survey Researcher- Design and conduct surveys and analyze data. Survey researchers work in research firms, polling organizations, nonprofits, corporations, colleges and universities, and government agencies. Median Annual Salary: $60,000.

Postsecondary Teacher– Instruct students in Philosophy courses beyond the high school level. Median Annual Salary: $80,000.

Author- Develop written content for various types of media on the topic of Philosophy. Median Annual Salary: $122,000.

GI Bill® Approved Schools Offering Master’s Degrees in Philosophy

American UniversityOffers a Master of Arts in Philosophy as well as a BA in Philosophy. American University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Syracuse University Offers Master of Arts in Philosophy. Syracuse also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Syracuse University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Doctorate in Philosophy

Earning a doctoral degree in Philosophy will help bring students to the apex of their educational careers. Students can earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Philosophy to become well-respected experts in their field. Many Ph.D. graduates choose to share their wealth of knowledge via careers in writing, research, and teaching.

Jobs with a Doctoral Degree in Philosophy

Policy Analyst (Federal) – Analyze policy at the federal level, requiring significant expertise and experience. GS-15 Median Annual Salary: $80,000.

Postsecondary Education Administrator – Oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities. Median Annual Salary: $98,000.

Public Relations Manager – Direct the creation of materials that will enhance the public image of their employer or client. Median Annual Salary: $118,000.

GI Bill® Approved Schools Offering Doctorates in Philosophy

Michigan State University – Offers a Doctorate of Philosophy in Philosophy and a BA in Philosophy. Michigan State participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Georgetown University – Offers a PhD in Philosophy. Georgetown also offers a BA in Philosophy and a Bachelor’s Minor in Philosophy and Bioethics. Georgetown participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.

 

 

 

 

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Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.