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Philosophy

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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

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

27 - 32 ACT score

1340 - 1490 SAT score

3.30 - 3.85 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

4.0 years to degree

89% freshman retention rate

72% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246
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