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Minor in Philosophy

The great philosopher Socrates once stated that "the unexamined life is not worth living." The history of ideas is deep and complex; join the Philosophy minor at UPJ and learn about new methods of thinking and rationalization. We'll help you examine such questions as "“What is knowledge?", “What is human nature?", and “What are the implications of answers to these questions for our civil liberties and moral responsibilities?”

Every employer is looking for a job candidate who can think critically and examine problems from robust ethical and philosophical perspectives.  Set yourself apart from other job seekers with a minor in Philosophy!students writing in a classroom

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There is no job that wouldn't benefit from graduates skilled in critical thinking, ontological debate, and an understanding of ideas and ethics. In every sphere, from politics to rhetoric to law to pedagogy, Philosophy will offer the job candidate a leg up on the competition with the ability to synthesize and communicate in ways that other minors simply cannot do.

Your Future, Revealed

Minoring in Philosophy opens a world of Humanities employment, as well as adding increased value to your current degree program. With a minor in Philosophy, you can find employment as:

  • Market Research Analyst
  • Paralegal
  • Judicial Clerk
  • Ethics and Compliance Officer
  • Public Relations Coordinator
  • Copywriter
  • Research Assistant
  • Non-Profit Outreach (401.C3)
  • High School Teacher
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Technical Editor or Author
  • Journalist
  • Public Policy Analyst (Public Sector)
  • Librarian or Archivist


UPJ Grads Share Their Success

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Dustin Updyke
Dustin graduated from UPJ in 1994 with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. He is a Senior Cybersecurity Researcher at the Software Engineering Institute's CERT division at Carnegie Mellon, where he develops training exercise programs to audit cybersecurity readiness. Dustin also earned a graduate degree in Logic, Computation, and Methodology from CMU, focusing on decision theory and artificial intelligence ethics.

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UPJ's committed faculty are expert professionals dedicated to helping you achieve your career dreams. Educated, knowledgeable, accessible, and supportive, the team of faculty members at UPJ will deliver the educational results that you are seeking..


Martin Rice, PhD
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