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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 2016-2017 graduating class, 99% of those majoring in the social sciences reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in social sciences and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $46,000.

Many Hofstra alumni who are history majors go on to careers teaching K-12. Places of employment our recent alumni are working include:

  • IBM Corporation
  • Smart Organics Inc.
  • Odgers Berndtson
  • Arches Recovery Apartments
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Capital Appraisal Services Inc
  • Greenblatt & Agulnick, P.C.
  • Hal Brown Co.
  • Melillo Center
  • Special Funds Conservation Committee
  • Vivint

Recent philosophy graduates are continuing their studies at the following institutions:

  • University of Luxembourg
  • Hofstra University
  • Rutgers University
  • Georgia State University
  • The New School
  • Trinity College
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • Loyola University
  • University of Montana

Of the 1,453 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2016 and May 2017, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 61% of the 16-17 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and based upon a 32% response rate for undergraduate students. 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.