Philosophy Major, B.A.
Philosophy, the critical examination of the most basic concepts we use to understand the world and our place in it, is education for life. By addressing questions and issues of enduring interest, Philosophy pursues truth steadfastly, without regard for what is popular or politically expedient.
This is at the heart of your Metropolitan State University of Denver Philosophy degree program in which you will expand your worldview by scrutinizing ideas freely and openly.
In opposition to its reputation for being airy and abstract, philosophy is the ultimate “transferrable work skill.” As a Philosophy major you will hone your communications skills, develop your ability to summarize complicated material, solve problems, generate ideas, analyze cause-and-effect relationships and learn to consider alternative points of view. With these skills you will be well-prepared for a career in business, teaching, writing or public service or for graduate study in a wide range of fields including law, business and medicine. A March 2017 PayScale, Inc. study of salaries shows the entry-level annual salary of Philosophy majors at $39,900, with a more than 100 percent increase to $81,200 by mid-career.
MSU Denver’s Philosophy program offers a variety of extracurricular activities including the MSU Denver Philosophy Club, the Women’s Philosophy Group, the Undergraduate Women’s Philosophy Conference, departmental colloquia and D•Phi, the Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry at the University.
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
The variety of career opportunities available to you as a Philosophy graduate is astounding. Some positions require education beyond a bachelor's degree, and Philosophy majors often pursue graduate degrees in the humanities, law, medicine or business. Recent MSU Denver Philosophy majors have gone on to study law at the University of Denver and Philosophy at the University of Chicago, Marquette University, the University of Iowa, the State University of New York at Binghamton and the University of New Mexico. Here are just a few ideas for the kind of career you can pursue:
- Book Critics
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Medical Ethicist
- Human Resources Manager
And here just a few examples of the type of organizations that hire Philosophy graduates:
- Government Agencies
- Research Institutions
- Nonprofit Foundations
- Social Service Agencies
Associate Professor Adam Graves’s published work explores themes within phenomenology and the philosophical hermeneutics of religion, as well as problems associated with agency and selfhood. He has presented work at conferences and colloquia in nearly a dozen countries, including France, Germany, Russia and South Africa. He is the founding director of the Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry at MSU Denver, which organizes roundtable discussions, art exhibits, film screenings, theatrical performances and lectures centered on major themes, issues and questions of abiding human concern.
Assistant Professor Liz Goodnick has published on the philosophy of David Hume, on the philosophical consequences of the Cognitive Science of Religion, and on the ethics of food. A sought-after presenter for professional conferences in the United States and Europe, she is currently researching women philosophers in the Early Modern Period.
Associate Professor James Reid’s interdisciplinary research draws from philosophical, scientific and literary sources and is devoted to problems in the theory of meaning, value and significance, and finding appropriate ways of discussing the importance of things we care about. Currently he is writing on the ethical import of Martin Heidegger’s philosophy and working on a translation of Heidegger's “The Question Concerning the Thing” for Rowman & Littlefield. His book “Being Here is Glorious: On Rilke, Poetry, and Philosophy” was published by Northwestern University Press.
The Philosophy degree program offers an extraordinarily rich curriculum of required courses as well as traditional and nontraditional classes in the following four relevant areas:
Philosophy of Mind
Histories of Desire
Philosophy of Law
Currents in American Thought
Philosophy and the Arts
Human Nature and Conduct
Computers, Ethics and Society
Science and Human Values
Facilities and Resources
MSU Denver is located on the Auraria Campus, adjacent to downtown Denver and within walking distance of the Denver Library, Denver Art Museum, History Colorado Center, State Capitol of Colorado and Denver City and County Building.