School of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences

B.A. Philosophy

What is reality? What is the meaning of life? What makes something good or bad, right or wrong, beautiful or ugly? These are some of the perennial questions philosophers pursue. The philosophy major at High Point University asks students to critically examine their own values and challenges them to think, communicate, and act as responsible global citizens in the 21st century.

What makes philosophy majors employable?

In a recent study on what employers are seeking, the number one attribute demanded by 81% of those surveyed is “Critical Thinking and Analytic Reasoning,” followed closely by “Ethical Decision-making” and “Complex Problem Solving.” (Hart Research Associates, 2010)

Philosophy majors score better than business majors on business school entrance exams, and philosophy majors actually have higher mid-career salaries than other majors including business, marketing, and communications majors (according to Forbes and The Wall Street Journal).

Philosophy majors earn the best LSAT scores among all other majors (including political science and criminal justice majors).

Philosophy majors earn the best MCAT scores among all other humanity majors, and philosophy majors actually have a significantly higher medical school acceptance rate than biology and chemistry majors.

Students often pair this major with minors in:

  • Political science
  • History
  • Psychology
  • English

HPU philosophy professors hold advanced degrees from:

  • Duke
  • Harvard
  • Emory
  • UCA Riverside
  • Notre Dame

Core areas of study:

  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Logic
  • Critical Thinking
  • Aesthetics

Unique course offerings

  • Communication Ethics
  • Zen and Pure Land
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Contemporary Continental Philosophy

Student clubs & organizations

Phi Sigma Tau: National Philosophy Honor Society

Successful people who were philosophy majors

  • Carly Fiorina, CEO Hewlett Packard
  • Gerald Levine, CEO Time Warner
  • Rudolph Giuliani, Former NYC Mayor
  • Bill Clinton, U.S. President
  • Alex Trebek, Jeopardy Host
  • Steven Breyer, Supreme Court Justice
  • David Souter, Supreme Court Justice
  • Pope John Paul II
  • Kristen Baker, the first female brigade commander at West Point


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