Think Creatively, Critically and Analytically with a
Philosophy Degree from Gannon University
Philosophy has been referred to as the “most practical major” by The Atlantic magazine and the “ultimate transferable work skill” by The Times
of London. Leaders in law, business, media and the tech world — from LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman to Flickr founder Stewart Butterfield
— say that studying philosophy was the secret to their success as digital entrepreneurs. Make your own impactful contribution to society when
you learn to identify and solve problems through deep thinking and analysis.
- Faculty have published books and
scholarly articles and contribute their
knowledge to students’ success.
- Graduates have continued their education
at the University of Notre Dame, Rome’s
Pontifical North American College, and
- Faculty are affiliated with the American Philosophical Association, International Berkeley Society, American Maritain Association and more.
Learn to Lead the Way in Philosophy
- Gain the foundational skills and knowledge needed to
excel on the Graduate Record Exam or the Law School
Admission Test. Philosophy majors tend to perform
exceptionally well on these tests.
- Develop highly valued analytical thinking skills that
are applicable to any endeavor or discipline, learn
creative problem-solving techniques, enhance your
communication skills and more.
Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment
- Become an active member of the Department of
Philosophy’s chapter of the International Honor Society
- Pursue meaningful educational opportunities to present
at conferences at Gannon and across the country.
- Become an environmental ethics intern at the Gannon
Goodwill Garden, an urban garden project on campus.
Inspire Your Academic Success
Gain real-world knowledge through key courses including:
Philosophy of Mind and Emerging Artificial Intelligence: Learn key theories related to the brain, body,
self and emerging Artificial Intelligence; explore concepts
including consciousness, self-awareness and the meaning of
creating sentient robots.
Comparative World Philosophy: Survey some of the
greatest contributions to major questions that concern
issues such as the good life, the self, theories of knowledge
Environmental Ethics: Gain an understanding of ethical
approaches to conservation and preservation.
Health Care Ethics: Learn about introductory key ethical
values and frameworks as the bases for application to moral
concerns and decisions made in health care.
Achieve Your Possibilities
The philosophy department encourages all students to
complete internships, earn college credits and gain practical
- Social and community services
- Government offices
- Law firms and corporations
- Nonprofit organizations like Pax Christi USA
- Religious organizations, local ministries
In addition, students have the opportunity to complement
their degree with a minor in philosophy or health care
Philosophy majors earn an average annual salary that
ranges from $44,700 to $84,100, according to PayScale.com.