Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$318 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

B.A./B.S. in Philosophy – Online


Earning your philosophy degree will provide you with skills and knowledge that translates well to a wide variety of career fields. It also serves as a gateway to law school and other types of graduate school.

According to the American Philosophical Association, philosophy majors consistently perform best or near best on graduate school admission exams, such as the LSAT, GRE and GMAT, compared to other majors.

Philosophy majors are also twice as likely than other college graduates overall to become CEOs, according to PayScale.

Who studies philosophy?

Political leaders. Authors. Civil Rights activists. Entrepreneurs. Entertainers. Some of the most well-known and successful figures throughout history have studied philosophy in college. The American Philosophical Association compiled an impressive list that helps to demonstrate just how wide-ranging the career options are for people with a background in philosophy.

Know your value

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people with a bachelor's degree earn on average 64 percent more per week than those with a high school diploma. The difference in total earnings over the course of a person's career could be as much as $1 million.

Sample job titles for philosophy graduates

  • Lawyer
  • Business executive
  • Political scientist
  • Economist
  • Health services manager
  • Education administrator
  • Psychologist
  • Historian
  • Writer
  • Teacher
  • Information technology specialist

Careers services

An added benefit is that you’ll have access to Oregon State’s Career Development Center, which provides valuable resources to help you find lifelong career success and meaningful employment in a diverse world.


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