Philosophy

Philosophy at Ave Maria University is understood according to its original meaning as the love and pursuit of wisdom, viz. philosophia. It is deeply rooted in man's desire to know himself, his place in the universe, and answer the question of life's ultimate meaning. Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? How must I live? What is the meaning and significance of the world around me? Who made all this, and why? Beginning in awe and wonder, philosophy tries to find answers to these questions and to articulate them in a systematic and rigorous way.

The philosophy program recognizes the human person's natural desire for knowledge and affirms his capacity to achieve it; that is to say, to go ‘beyond mere opinions' and come to know ‘how things really are.' Students will learn how this affirmation can be brought to explicit evidence, and why it is of such crucial importance for the integrity of all the sciences.

Employment Opportunities for Philosophers

Author

Fundraiser

Program Coordinator

Artist

Higher Education Administrator

Public Administrator

Attorney

Intelligence Officer

Public Relations Specialist

Broadcaster

Journalist

Public Policy Analyst

Chaplain

Labor-Relations

Publisher

Clergy

Lawyer

Research Analyst

Communication

Legislator

Social Worker

 

Consultant

Librarian

Teacher (College/High School)

Consumer Relations Representative

Member of Congress

Underwriter/Adjusting Claims

Counselor

Missionary

Writer 

Critic

Paralegal

 

Editor

Philosopher

 

Film Producer

Politician

 

Foreign Diplomacy Representative

Priest

 

Foreign Service Agent

Professor

 

*Some jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor's degree.

Skills of Philosophy Majors with Professional Value

  • Ability to make critical observations and evaluations
  • Ability to think logically and critically and form arguments
  • Aware of different perspectives and able to deductively reason
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Excellent proficiency in oral and written expression
  • Possess ability to creatively teach concepts
  • Possess wide knowledge of historical and philosophical information
  • Proficiency in analytical and deductive reasoning
  • Strong research skills

Strategies for Increasing Employability

  • Develop excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Volunteer in relevant organizations.
  • Obtain appropriate seminary training for clergy positions.
  • Become certified for specialized staff positions and gain relative experience through volunteering.
  • Develop applicable foreign language skills for international  work.
  • Seek leadership positions in campus organizations.
  • Complete an internship or summer position.
  • Develop one or more concentrations, such as mathematics, medical or business ethics, science, or religion.
  • Acquire computer skills.
  • Acquire public speaking skills

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