Career Options for Philosophy Majors
A degree in philosophy can provide you with a variety of skills that translate well into a job.
Merrimack philosophy graduates can be found working in a number of professions, including:
- lawyers, doctors, professors, political advisors, computer scientists, financial analysts, entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, social workers, nonprofit organization directors, audiologists, historians, authors, business professionals, mental health professionals and more.
Why major in philosophy?
- You’ll develop problem-solving, analytical and judgmental skills that provide unlimited usefulness. (APA online)
- You’re more apt to excel on advanced standardized tests such as the GRE, GMAT and LSAT.
- You’ll have the opportunity to pursue degrees in other disciplines in the liberal arts, business and sciences if you’d like. Our department encourages and supports philosophy majors’ participation in interdisciplinary studies.
- You’ll examine questions central to the fields of medicine, law, science, journalism, history, psychology, technology, literature, film, the environment, public policy, religion, education and business.
- You’ll learn problem-solving techniques, analytical skills, critical thinking, systematic study skills, ethical reasoning, communication skills, persuasion and argumentative skills, writing skills, advocacy, creativity and so much more.
Philosophy and Legal Careers
- 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. Related courses 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.
- Philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen’s Big Bet on Philosophy (The Wall Street Journal)
- 11 Famous Executives Who Majored in Philosophy (Business Insider)
- That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket (Forbes)
- Graduating With A Philosophy Degree? (syracuse.com)
- Salaries of Philosophy Majors Over Time (dailynous.com)
- The Earning Power of Philosophy (The Atlantic)
- Philosophy Should Be For Everyone (The Dallas Morning News)
- Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers (The Atlantic)
- Why Philosophy is a Great Major (The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life)
- Video: Five Reasons to Study Philosophy (Critical Thinker Academy)
- Poster: Who Has a Philosophy Degree (Catherine Nolan)
- World Philosophy Day (United Nations)