Philosophy studies key questions about the nature of reality and knowledge and how we should live in the world. Explore issues such as the causes and nature of things, the principles governing existence, the material universe and human behaviour. Develop critical and clear thinking, analytic skills, communication, problem solving and an appreciation of different points of view. La Trobe ranks 9th in Australia and in the top 200 in the world for our Philosophy subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016). La Trobe’s Philosophy and Philosophy & Religious Studies research is ranked ‘at world standard’ (ERA 2015–2016 assessment). Career opportunities Academic, teacher, research, policy analyst, business analyst, project manager, Librarian, journalist, communications, counselling, social work.