Philosophy courses give students the opportunity to think carefully about various issues such as what we are as human beings, how we should live our lives, and the real nature of the world outside ourselves. Students are taught how to successfully argue and critique arguments. Particular attention is paid to critiquing the logic, or reasoning patterns, involved in different types of arguments. Studying philosophy naturally leads to a consideration of underlying general theories as well as more specific judgments or views.
The arguments that arise in philosophy courses are diverse, addressing issues in ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, religion and other academic disciplines. Oftentimes, courses will focus on philosophers of great historical importance who have presented persuasive arguments on difficult issues. The courses are also a creative enterprise, as members of the class will produce their own arguments for consideration by the group.
Successful completion of an Association of Arts in humanities or philosophy may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations. Below are examples which typically include additional degree work at a transfer institution. Northeast Ohio median salaries in 2020 for lawyers was $119,090 and for general and operations managers was $106,420. See O*Net OnLine for additional wage and employment trends as well as required knowledge, skills and abilities.
- Human resources specialist
- Administrative law judges, adjudicators and hearing officers
- Arbitrators, mediators and conciliators
- Compliance officers
- News analysists, reporters, journalists, technical writers
- Paralegals and legal assistants
- Managers: personal service, entertainment, recreation, etc.
- Postsecondary humanities, philosophy and religion teachers
- Writers and authors
Students interested in the humanities and philosophy, transfer, or liberal arts are encouraged to get involved: