What Can I Do With a Degree in Philosophy?
Temple Philosophy alumni have gone on to study law, medicine, and other graduate studies at top-ranked universities. They have also developed successful professional and academic careers. In a major survey of American employers, 93 percent agreed that “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.” More than 90 percent placed high value on ethical decision-making, intercultural skills and interest in continued learning. These are all skills developed by studying philosophy.
Famous People who have Philosophy Degrees
Philosophy graduates work in careers that range from comedian to Supreme Court justice. Famous philosophy majors include
- George Soros - Investor and Philanthropist
- Martin Luther King - Civil Rights Leader
- San Suu Kyi - Nobel Peace Prize Winner
- Stephen Colbert - Comedian
- Stacey London - Stylist
- Stephen Breyer - Supreme Court Justice
- Stephen Colbert - Comedian
- Steve Martin - Actor
- Thomas Jefferson - US President
Temple Philosophy BA Alums
Graduates from the Department of Philosophy are influential in the arts and work as activists, lawyers, teachers and more. Here is a partial list of successful graduates from our department.
- April Glaser ‘12: Staff Activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Steven Horowitz ‘06 - JD, Harvard University Law School ‘09
- Earl Joseph ‘11: Seventh grade teacher at Mastery Charter School
- Roger Stevens ‘11: JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School/founding member of alt rock band Blind Mellon
- Janelle Derstine ‘99: PhD student at the Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University
Make Your Declaration
The College of Liberal Arts has the largest selection of academic offerings at Temple University. Our students have the flexibility to explore all of their interests, from the humanities and social sciences to business and the media arts. The College of Liberal Arts prepares students to become innovators in all fields, across all industries. We are creative thinkers, doers and risk-takers. Home to 28 departments and programs, we offer a solid liberal arts education at a premier urban, research university.
Study Abroad Programs
Temple students can study abroad in almost any country through our exchanges, partnerships and programs with organizations around the world. The benefits of studying abroad are immense; the decision to study abroad will change your life more than any other part of your college experience. This is your opportunity to intern, live and study in another country for college credit. Where will Temple take you?
To know what Temple is really about, you have to experience it firsthand. Our Main Campus in Philadelphia is an energetic community of students, faculty and local culture. And the opportunities don’t stop there. For Temple students, Philadelphia is a place to learn and branch out. Undergraduate Admissions offers tours daily. If you would like to experience the College of Liberal Arts in person, get in touch with us.
Thinking Of Transferring?
Almost half of incoming Temple students transfer from other colleges and universities. If you’ve taken 15 or more college-level credits after high school graduation, you can apply for admission as a transfer student. If you’re thinking about transferring, consider attending a Transfer Tuesday general information session.
Ready to apply? Submit your application online.
- February 1: Freshman Application Deadline for Fall Semester
- March 1: FAFSA Financial Aid Application Deadline
- November 1: Transfer Deadline for Spring Semester
- June 1: Transfer Deadline for Fall Semester