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Philosophy Minor

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What is Philosophy & Why Study It?

Broadly speaking, philosophy is the study of wisdom.  In its many forms, philosophy engages some of the most important and timeless pursuits of wisdom: knowledge, reality, and existence.  More than just the pursuit of knowledge, a degree in philosophy will empower and equip one to apply that knowledge and think through it with an understanding that gaining knowledge and information is one thing, knowing how and why to use it is another. 

Jobs in Philosophy

Those with degrees in philosophy can enter into virtually any career.  Because the degree trains individuals to master such skills as logical thinking, problem solving, and writing well to communicate information effectively, the job fields are wide open.

Lawyer: Those with degrees in philosophy are among those with the highest LSAT scores and highest rates of acceptance to law schools.  The degree’s emphasis on critical thinking, analysis, and well-presented arguments in writing and speech make philosophy degree holders highly prized in this career field.

Business: The degree in philosophy can provide a remarkable set of skills useful for dealing with difficult challenges and problems in business careers.  Some popular business careers for philosophy degrees include: managers, stockbrokers, marketing, publishing, real-estate, publishing and editing.

Health Professional and the Sciences: Those with degrees in philosophy are employed in a variety of fields within the health and health care profession.  These include but are not limited to: health administration, research, psychiatry, neurology, ophthalmology, biology, physics.

Information Technology: Computers operate in logical patterns.  Information Technology is a natural fit for those with interests in technology and their application in all fields of computer applications in the job market. 

Local, State, and Federal Government: Numerous opportunities exist as all levels of public service careers.  Philosophy allows one to combine their intellectual skills with their interests. 

The Sally Wiedmann Philosophy Award

The Sally Wiedmann philosophy award is named after Dr. Sally Wiedmann (retired), who developed the philosophy minor under the former North Georgia College & State University.  This award is presented annually to a university graduate with academic excellence and dedication in the study of Philosophy.   Nominees are submitted by the department faculty.

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