Philosophy at NIU
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Investigate life's timeless questions.

What is consciousness? Does free will exist? If you enjoy reflecting on questions like these, consider studying philosophy. You'll build analytical and communication skills valuable in a variety of professions. As you learn to think more critically and creatively, you'll develop a cognitive framework that will help you better understand yourself and the world.

It’s incredibly rewarding to provide students with the critical skills and conceptual tools needed for self-improvement and then watch as they transform into their better selves.

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What Can I Do With a Philosophy Degree From NIU?

You'll be prepared for a variety of rewarding careers in areas like the government, education, health services and business. Majoring in philosophy is also excellent preparation for advanced study in business, medicine or law.

Top skills reported by alumni: 

  • Editing
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Strategic planning

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Education
  • Finance
  • Information technology
  • Legal

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Career Potential for NIU Philosophy Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • ASUS
  • Advarra
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Old National Bank
  • Waubonsie Valley High School

Job titles include:

  • Analyst
  • Assistant professor
  • Attorney
  • Client manager
  • General manager

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as a Philosophy Major at NIU

You'll build communication and analytical skills as you receive guidance from our accomplished faculty. You can get a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The B.A. focuses more on literature and languages, while the B.S. involves more science and math.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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