What is knowledge? Can we rely on our senses to know what’s real? What makes an action right or wrong? Who are we? How should we live and treat others? Derived from the Greek words, “love of wisdom” philosophy teaches us how we might begin to unpack these types of questions. If you’d like to acquire the critical thinking required to find out these answers, then you may enjoy majoring in Philosophy.

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UTSA’s Philosophy Program

A Philosophy degree consists of interdisciplinary topics like the history of philosophy, logic, philosophy of science, aesthetics and more. The coursework will introduce you to basic philosophical problems, ancient and early modern philosophy, logic and ethics and approaches to knowledge and reality. In this program, you’ll develop critical thinking, a close eye when reading, clear writing, and logical analysis—skills that are highly valued by any employer.

Academic Information:

College

College of Liberal & Fine Arts

Department

Department of Philosophy & Classics

Degrees Offered

Careers in Philosophy

Top job titles for Philosophy graduates include:

• Social Science Researcher
• Sales Representative
• Technical Writer
• Copywriter
• Editor
• Account Manager
• Writer

Philosophy and its related career pathways are currently in higher than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO and Minneapolis, MN. More than 144,000 philosophy-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for Philosophy Graduates

Philosophy is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of philosophy-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Higher Education
• Infrastructure Services
• Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
• Business Support Services

Salaries for Philosophy Graduates

The salary range for open philosophy-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $31,580
median $52,478
top 10% $108,045

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Philosophy Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Philosophy graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Philosophy may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You enjoy learning
• You are detail oriented
• You enjoy being creative and artistic
• You like to think deep on theories, philosophy and religion

Scholarships Offered:

  • India Association of San Antonio Endowed Scholarship
    • Applicant must be a freshman or sophomore student in the Honors College
    • Entering freshman must have graduated in the top 25% of their high school class
    • Must be a citizen or permanent resident alien of the U.S. or foreign student from India
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • John S. Jockusch Endowed Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
    • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a declared major in a liberal arts discipline within COLFA.
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Student Life

A Philosophy degree consists of interdisciplinary topics like the history of philosophy, logic, philosophy of science, aesthetics and more. The coursework will introduce you to basic philosophical problems, ancient and early modern philosophy, logic and ethics and approaches to knowledge and reality. In this program, you’ll develop critical thinking, a close eye when reading, clear writing, and logical analysis—skills that are highly valued by any employer. Students studying Philosophy may consider becoming involved in:

  • Philosophy Club