Philosophy is the search for reasoned answers to certain fundamental questions about the nature of the universe and the place of humans in it, questions that science seems unable to answer. To do philosophy is to construct and evaluate the best arguments for and against the various answers to the questions that philosophy seeks to answer. The Bachelor of Arts is broader in scope than the Bachelor of Science, and is the better choice for most students. The practical value of studying philosophy lies in the intellectual training that it provides. Successful study of philosophy requires, and helps develop, several intellectual abilities: the ability to grasp the big picture as well as fine details; the ability to think, speak, and write about highly abstract and conceptually demanding questions; the ability to identify key assumptions made in arguments; the ability to make relevant conceptual distinctions; and the ability to assess the pros and cons of proposed solutions. These abilities are highly prized in a wide variety of careers, and philosophy majors go on to successful careers in a wide range of fields, including law, medicine, and business.
Common Career Paths
You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: