Studying philosophy at the University of Denver enhances your life by training you to:
- Reason cogently.
- Formulate concepts and questions clearly.
- Solve problems intelligently.
In the process, you can:
- Study literature rooted in the beginnings of civilization.
- Ask timeless questions about the nature of reality and the possibility of human knowledge.
- Deal with issues as contemporary as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and euthanasia.
What a philosophy degree can do for you
Undergraduate philosophy majors are among the most employable, according to a 2011 Georgetown University study. At the time of the study’s publication, 92 percent of graduates who received philosophy degrees were employed. A 2013 article on Salon.com agrees: philosophy emphasizes clarity of thought and produces some of the most employable graduates.
In a survey of 50 undergraduate majors, philosophy ranked 16th highest in entry and median income. Philosophy also ranked the 4th highest among liberal arts majors.
With a degree in philosophy, you'll join alumni putting problem-solving and reasoning skills to use in a variety of fields. For example:
- Tali Bitton: will begin work on Ph.D. at George Washington University in Fall 2016.
- McKeezi Barazza: Law school at UW-Seattle, beginning Fall 2016 (also accepted to CU-Boulder and DU law schools).
- Jasmine Carter: Ph.D. at CU-Boulder in Philosophy, beginning Fall 2015.
- Gabe Rusk: will begin work on Master's degree at Oxford University in religious studies in fall 2015.
- Daniel Easton: will begin work on Ph.D. at UCD in education in Fall 2015.
- Patrick Walsh: Master's degree at Carnegie-Mellon in philosophy of math; will begin Ph.D. at CM in philosophy of math in fall 2015.
- Jack Mao: Master's degrees at CU-Boulder in linguistics and Japanese; will begin Ph.D. at CU-B in linguistics in fall 2015.
- Tiffany Montano: will begin work on Master's degree at UCD in public policy and social work in fall 2015.
- Emily Martinez-Bettinger: Law school at the University of California-San Diego.
- Brandon Fernandez-Comer: (salaried/benefitted) grant writer in North Hollywood, CA.
- Vincent Mennella: Master's degree in humanities at the University of Chicago.
- Tina Rulli: Ph.D. at Yale University in philosophy (2011), currently philosophy department faculty at Purdue University.
- Jonathan Daskam: Law school at DU.
- Philip Pauli: Master's degree in Philosophy and Social Policy at The George Washington University.
- Bryan Hall: Ph.D. in philosophy at CU-Boulder (2005); Fulbright scholar (2003-4); Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University Southeast (since 2006).
- Michael Mauro: Law School at DU.
- Tara Tinnin: Law School at DU.
- Kristen Roszel: Law School at DU.
- Tucker Plumlee: Master's degree at Iliff (DU) in social change.
- Christian Rockwood: Associate Director of Annual and Special Funds at the UC Davis School of Law (current); MA in Political Science, University of Washington (2005); MBA from DU's Daniels College of Business (2008).
Learn more about our areas of study:
Bachelor of arts
Master of arts
- The DU and Iliff School of Theology Joint Doctoral Program in Religious and Theological Studies
PHIL hires many work-study students each year for various positions (administrative assistants, social media/events assistants, research assistants, instructor's aides, etc.). If you have a work-study award and are interested in working for the department, please email Philosophy@du.edu for more information. Unsure if you qualify for work-study? Contact the Office of Financial Aid at FinAid@du.edu or 303-871-4020.