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Philosophy

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Overview of major
Potential job titles 
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by Philosophy majors

Overview of major

Philosophers explore the true nature of reality and the meaning of human life, to determine the possibility and limits of knowledge, to clarify the demands of justice and the character of good and evil, and to ponder the existence of God. Training in philosophy serves to sharpen the tools of thinking for use in any endeavor. Thus, graduates may pursue career or graduate opportunities in areas such as humanities, business, or law.

Resources

Potential job titles

  • Guidance Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Chaplain
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Clergy Member
  • Publications Editor
  • Employment Interviewer
  • Sportswriter
  • Travel Writer
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Writer/Author
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Philosophy & Religion Professor

Examples of internships

  • Scranton District Attorney
  • GEDCO
  • Law Offices of Stephen R. Robinson
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Hudson County Prosecutors Office
  • Beans and Bread
  • Maryland School of Law
  • St. Mary’s School
  • Mergis Group
  • Travelers Insurance
  • U.S. Attorney General of Maryland
  • Senator Hillary Clinton
  • Alternative Directions
  • Maryland School of Law
  • Salle Mae
  • Baltimore City Public Defender

Possible career fields

Social/Community service

  • Research
  • Counseling

Religion/Ministry

  • Clergy

Education

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Student affairs

Research

Government

  • Congressional staffs
  • Lobbying

Ethics

  • Medical
  • Environmental
  • Research

Legal

  • Civil
  • Criminal

Writing

  • Editing
  • Writing
  • Technical writing
  • Journalism
  • Adverting

Business

  • Management
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Lobbying
  • Advertising
  • Marketing research

Possible work settings

  • Non-profits
  • Social service & mental health organizations
  • Colleges & universities
  • Museums
  • Religious organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Public interest research groups
  • Foreign service
  • Consulting services
  • Environmental agencies
  • Legal offices & private firms
  • Publishers
  • Media organizations
  • Insurance companies
  • Real estate companies
  • Bookstores
  • Advertising & marketing departments/organizations

Important skills and abilities

  • Communication
  • Counseling
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Active listening
  • Negotiation
  • Leadership
  • Persuasion
  • Computer
  • Analytical
  • Logic
  • Problem solving

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • The WetFeet Insider Guide to Industries and Careers for Undergrads (CP Category)
  • Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads (CP Category)
  • How to get a Job With any Major (CP Section)
  • Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors (CP Section)
  • 150 Best Jobs for a Better World (NP Section)
  • Careers In Law (H/PS Section)
  • Major in Success (CP Section)
  • Voyage to Success (CP Section)
  • Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (Grad Section)

Sample graduate programs pursued by Philosophy majors

  • JD
  • MA, Legal and Ethical Studies
  • Certificate for Spanish
  • JD, Health or Entertainment Law
  • MA, Legal and Ethical Studies
  • Master of Social Science
  • PsyD, Business Psychology
  • MS, Human Development and Family Studies
  • MS, Special Education
  • Master of Social Work
  • PhD, Classics

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