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
*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