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. 

American Philosophical Association: Why Philosophy?

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.

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