What Can I Do With A Major In Philosophy?
Philosophy covers many areas of the human experience, including the study of reality, existence, logic, and moral and social issues, and its techniques apply to problems in any field of study or endeavor. Philosophy develops the capacity to see the world from the perspective of other individuals and other cultures; it enhances one's ability to perceive the relationships among the various fields of study; and it deepens one's sense of the meaning and variety of human experience.
Philosophy seeks answers to such fundamental questions as: What is ultimately real? What is the nature and extent of our knowledge? What is the source and nature of our moral obligations? Students majoring in Philosophy explore these types of questions and develop answers that can be defended in the arena of reasoned controversy.
Philosophy graduates pursue careers in business, education, government, and the non-profit sector. Future career options may be determined not so much by the choice of the philosophy major, but by your interests, skills, values, and types of work experiences acquired during college.
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Sample of Related Occupations
Child Welfare Worker
Conflict Resolution Specialist
Customer Relations Representative
Employee Relations Specialist
Market Research Analyst
Public Information Officer
Public Relations Specialist
Public Service Official
Religious Education Director
For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Professional Associations & Additional Career Information
American Association of Philosophy Teachers
American Bar Association
American Philosophical Association
American Philosophical Practitioners Association
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory
Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
World Wide Learn’s Guide to College Majors in Philosophy
International Association for Environmental Philosophy
Philosophy of Science Association
Society for Business Ethics
Society for Exact Philosophy
Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
The Society for Women in Philosophy
Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities
Philosophy majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.
The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunitites where the employer was specifically looking for philosophy majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit Central Connections, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the CACE website here.
8 Days Promotions - Brand Ambassador
Ability Beyond Disability - Registered Nurse
Central Area Health Education Center (AHEC) - Youth Health Service Corps & Health Careers Coordinator
Clean Water Action - Global Warming and Clean Engergy Internship
Connecticut Voices for Children - Policy Fellowship
Enterprise Holdings - Management Trainee Co-op
State of Connecticut Office of Policy Management - Legislative Internship, Policy & Planning Internship
The Children's Home of Cromwell, Inc. - One to One Aide
The Horace Mann Companies - Exclusive Agent
Wheeler Clinic - Office Manager, Administrative Specialist