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Philosophy Career Potential

A philosophy degree trains you to be a creative problem solver, who can analyze and synthesize complex information. Philosophy emphasizes not only critical reasoning, ethical reasoning, clear and organized writing, and examining assumptions, but encourages one to "think outside the box." Philosophy majors outperform most other majors on the GREs (they are the highest performers in both the verbal and analytical reasoning sections), the LSATs, the MCATs, and the GMATs, according to Educational Testing Services.

Alumni who major in philosophy may go on to a wide variety of careers in fields such as business, education, government, health professions, law and religion.

Among Hofstra's 2017-2018 graduates who majored in philosophy, 91% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among Hofstra graduates who majored in the social sciences and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $43,000.

Recent philosophy alumni have gone on to work for companies and organizations including:

  • Greenblatt & Agulnick, P.C.
  • IBM
  • Nassau County Parks and Recreation
  • Northwell Health
  • Odgers Berndtson
  • Urban Anthropology
  • Vivint, Inc.

Hofstra graduates who have opted to pursue advanced degrees are doing so at institutions such as:

  • CUNY Hunter College
  • George Washington University
  • Hofstra University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Luxembourg
  • University of Montana

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,508 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2017-May 2018, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 83% of the 17-18 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and are based upon a 45% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.