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Philosophy in the News

Philosophy and Business

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Job Prospects for Philosophy Majors

The Value of Studying Philosophy

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Career Paths

Merrimack Philosophy graduates can be found working:

  • As Lawyers, Doctors, Professors, Political Advisors, Computer Scientists, Financial Analysts, Entrepreneurs, Teachers, Artists, Social Workers, Nonprofit Organization Directors, Audiologists, Historians, Authors, Business Professionals, and Mental Health Professionals.

Why major in Philosophy?

  • The problem-solving, analytical, judgmental, and synthesizing capacities that philosophy develops are unrestricted in their scope and unlimited in their usefulness (APA online).
  • Philosophy majors excel on advanced standardized tests such as the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.
  • Many Merrimack Philosophy majors also pursue degrees in other disciplines in the liberal arts, business, and sciences. The Merrimack Philosophy Department encourages, supports, and actively participates in interdisciplinary pursuits.
  • Philosophy examines questions central to the fields of Medicine, Law, Science, Journalism, History, Psychology, Technology, Literature, Film, the Environment, Public Policy, Religion, Education, and Business.

Philosophy teaches:

  • Problem solving. Analytical skills. Critical thinking. Systematic study skills. Ethical reasoning. Communication skills. Persuasion and argumentative skills. Writing skills. Development and Assessment of methods and standards. Advocacy. Creativity. Understanding of other disciplines.

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Philosophy and Law

  • Philosophy majors have consistently performed extremely well on the LSAT and they have high rates of admission into law schools.  
  • See LSAT performance and admission rates for philosophy majors 
  • Philosophy develops skills that are recommended by the American Bar Association for pre-law students, including Problem Solving, Critical Reading, Writing and Editing, Oral Communication and Listening, and Promotion of Justice.  
  • Many philosophy courses also expose students to the law by critically examining laws, proposed legal reforms, and court cases.  These include Philosophy of Law, Global Justice, Human Rights:Theory and Practice, Biomedical Ethics, and Contemporary Moral Problems.
  • See the American Law Association’s statement on preparing for law school.   
  • Dr. Sandra Raponi has a law degree in addition to a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Please contact her for more information about how a degree in philosophy can help prepare you for law school.


Watch: 5 Reasons to Study Philosophy 


Please see the American Philosophical Association’s Guide for Undergraduates