College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Philosophy?

Philosophy is the oldest, broadest, and most fundamental body of inquiry. In this major, you’ll ask investigative questions to better understand yourself, others, and more. You’ll explore the range of knowledge and experience, ethical issues, and value in society. This theoretical discipline emphasizes both deductive reasoning and rational argumentation. With this degree, you’ll learn powerful critical and independent thinking skills. You'll also enhance your verbal and written communication.

Career Options

  • Academia
  • Business
  • Diplomacy
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Public policy
  • Technology
  • Television

Post-Graduation Success1

84% employed or continuing education

54% employed after graduation

29% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$51,527 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Heartland Bank and Trust, FirstBank, FedEx Freight View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California, Irvine, University of Arizona View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

89% first-year retention rate

72% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770