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What can i do with a major in philosophy

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MAJOR IN...PHILOSOPHY

www.sc.edu/career


Phi los o phy
phi·los·o·phy

  • Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline.

  • Investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.

  • A system of thought based on or involving such inquiry.

  • The critical analysis of fundamental assumptions or beliefs. *

    *"philosophy." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 05 Aug. 2009. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/philosophy>.


Philosophy majors
Philosophy Majors

  • how to see from multiple points of view

  • taking different viewpoints into consideration in decision making

  • recognizing patterns and errors of logic

  • using library and primary resources to find answers to complex questions

  • how to communicate thought and expression through speech and writing

  • disciplined reflection about our world; ourselves, the good life, our politics and ethics

  • social and political philosophy

    ...and more


Philosophy majors study
Philosophy Majors Study

  • Develop intellectual abilities for a wide variety of careers, as well as life as a whole:

    • The appetite for self-expression and examination.

    • The capacity for the exchange and debate of fundamental beliefs and controversial ideas.

    • The ability and capacity to express difficult ideas clearly The willingness to deal with problems without easy answers.

    • The ability and capacity to pursue difficult research.


Philosophy at the university of south carolina
Philosophy At The University Of South Carolina

Undergraduate Options

Degrees: Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Majors: Philosophy

Minors: Philosophy

Students are provided a solid grounding in the history of

philosophy and take classes to develop an emphasis in

several areas including ethics, history and philosophy of

science and technology, philosophy of mind, aesthetics,

phenomenology and existentialism and, indeed, the history of philosophy.


Philosophy at the university of south carolina1
Philosophy At The University Of South Carolina

Graduate Degrees

Master of Philosophy (MA)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Students in both programs are provided with a substantial grounding in the history of philosophy. Further coursework and research on an MA Thesis or PhD dissertation may pursue a wide variety of options including further work in the history of philosophy, work in the history and philosophy of science and technology, and work in various areas of social, political and moral philosophy.


Philosophy majors develop skills in
Philosophy Majors Develop Skills In

  • Conflict resolution

  • Debate and ethical discussion

  • Defining personal purpose and beliefs

  • Seeing issues from more then one point of view

  • Critical thinking

  • Taking different views into consideration during decision making

  • Digesting and summarizing large amounts of information

  • Problem solving


Psychology majors develop skills in
Psychology Majors Develop Skills In

  • Reshaping ideas in light of new circumstances

  • Recognizing patterns and errors of logic

  • Using library and primary resources to find answers to questions

  • Persevering through difficult intellectual pursuits

  • Reducing sophisticated language to comprehensive terms

  • Stating and defending an argument verbally and in writing


Employment
Employment

  • To increase employment prospects, it is recommended that a philosophy major:

    • seek part-time or summer job experiences while a student

    • select an occupationally related major (i.e. computer science, finance, management, marketing, education, and English)

    • consider and define professional or graduate school goals early


With additional education a degree in philosophy is an excellent background for
With Additional Education, A Degree In Philosophy Is An Excellent Background For

  • Law

  • Teaching

  • Diplomacy

  • Public service

  • Publishing

  • Journalism

  • Mathematics

  • Business

  • Arts

  • Ministry

  • Social or natural sciences


Employment settings
Employment Settings Excellent Background For

  • Business & Commerce: Includesmanagement and direction of for-profit organizations including the development of business plans, marketing strategies, product development, and human resource management


Sample occupational titles associated with business commerce
Sample Occupational Titles Associated With Excellent Background ForBusiness & Commerce

  • Claims Adjuster

  • Communications Director

  • Community Planner

  • Credit Analyst

  • Employment Interviewer

  • Lobbyist

  • Marketing Research Analyst

  • Policy Analyst

  • Project Planner

  • Public Relations Assistant

  • Recruiter

  • Research Analyst

  • Service Representative

  • Underwriter


Employment settings1
Employment Settings Excellent Background For

  • Communication & Journalism:Includes print, television, radio, and Internet media. Encompasses everything from business planning and capital development to producing and writing original news or entertainment material.


Sample occupational titles associated with communication journalism
Sample Occupational Titles Associated With Excellent Background ForCommunication & Journalism

  • Political Commentator

  • Press Secretary

  • Public Relations Specialist

  • Producer

  • Publisher

  • Reporter

  • Technical Writer

  • Writer/Author

Advertising Agent

Announcer

Communications Director

Copy Editor

Director

Foreign Correspondent

Opinion Writer


Employment settings2
Employment Settings Excellent Background For

  • Consulting:

    Includes historical and ethnographic research; political surveying, social/cultural assessments, designing bilingual and bicultural curricula; assessing services, and more.


Sample occupational titles associated with consulting
Sample Occupational Titles Associated With Excellent Background ForConsulting

  • Ethicist (Medical, Environmental or Professional)

  • Mediator

  • Management Consultant

  • Policy Analyst

  • Public Health Advisor

  • Recruitment Consultant

  • Training Specialist

Bicultural Curricula Developer

Bioethicist

Business Consultant

Community Planner

Corporate Communications Consultant

Employee Relations Specialist


Employment settings3
Employment Settings Excellent Background For

  • Education: Includes classroom instruction, curricula development, research, writing, administration, program management, and lecturing.

    Teaching and research positions at colleges and universities require an advanced degree. Most other teaching positions require proper certification.


Sample occupational titles associated with education
Sample Occupational Titles Associated With Excellent Background ForEducation

  • Administrator

  • College/University Faculty

  • Curriculum Writer

  • Docent

  • Educational Media Programmer

  • Grant Writer

  • Guidance Counselor

  • Language Instructor

  • Lecturer

  • Librarian

  • Primary Teacher

  • Program Director

  • Secondary Teacher

  • Social Science Teacher

  • Test Designer

  • Text Author


Employment settings4
Employment Settings Excellent Background For

  • Social Services: Includes among others counseling, social work, program management, public service, non-profit work, ministry, and positions in correctional facilities.

    Most ministry and counseling positions requirethe completion of a certification or advanced study program.


Sample occupational titles associated with social services
Sample Occupational Titles Associated With Excellent Background ForSocial Services

  • Correctional Worker

  • Drug Counselor

  • Fund Raiser

  • Grant Writer

  • Mediator

  • Minister/Pastor

  • Non-Profit Researcher

  • Pastor/Priest/Rabbi

  • Police Officer

  • Policy Analyst

  • Public Service Specialist

  • Recreational Facility Worker

  • Social Columnist

  • Social Scientist

  • Social Worker

  • Therapist


Distribution of employed persons with a bachelor s degree in philosophy by sector
Distribution Of Employed Persons With A Bachelor’s Degree In Philosophy By Sector

Source: Fogg, N.P, Harrington, P.E. & Harrington, T.F, (2004). College Majors Handbook (2nd ed). Indianapolis, IN: Jist Publishing.


Top 10 occupations that employ persons with only a bachelor s degree in philosophy
TOP 10 Occupations That Employ Persons With Only A Bachelor’s Degree In Philosophy

1 Clergy, other religious workers

2 Top- and mid-level managers, executives

3 Broadcasters, writers, public relations specialists

4 Insurance, securities, real estate, business services

5 Sales (including retail)

6 Construction trades, miners, well drillers

7 Receptionists, typists

8 Other management-related occupations

9 Other administrative occupations (i.e. record clerks)

10 Personnel, training and labor relations specialists

Source: Fogg, N.P, Harrington, P.E. & Harrington, T.F, (2004). College Majors Handbook (2nd ed). Indianapolis, IN: Jist Publishing.


Strategies for developing skills to get the job you want
Strategies For Developing Skills To Get The Job You Want Bachelor’s Degree In Philosophy

  • Develop excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Double major in an additional area of interest

  • Obtain an advanced degree for teaching and research positions

  • Develop a concentration like mathematics, medical or business ethics, religion, etc.

  • Secure an internship, part-time, or summer employment in an area of interest


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Strategies For Developing Skills To Get The Job You Want Bachelor’s Degree In Philosophy

  • Shadow a professional or faculty member whose work interests you

  • Develop astute research skills

  • Participate in related professional organizations

  • Earn leadership role(s) in campus organization(s)


Books and web resources
Books And Web Resources Bachelor’s Degree In Philosophy

Web Resources

American Philosophical Associationhttp://www.apa.udel.edu/apa/sitemap.html

Jobs in Philosophy http://www.sozialwiss.uni-hamburg.de/phil/ag/jobs/

Books

What else you can do with a Ph.D: A career guide for scholars by Jan Secrist

Liberal arts jobs: the guide that turns learning into earning by Burt Nadler


Resources for more information
Resources For More Information Bachelor’s Degree In Philosophy

USC’s Department of Philosophy

www.cas.sc.edu/phil/

Career Center Library

http://www.sc.edu/career/Library/library.html

Related Websites

http://www.sc.edu/career/la/philosophy.html

College of Arts and Sciences Career Development Program

www.sc.edu/career/cascdp/index.html


Career center contact information
Career Center Contact Information Bachelor’s Degree In Philosophy

University of South Carolina Career Center

6th Floor, H. William Close Building (BA Building)

Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: (803) 777-7280

On-call counseling without an appointment:

M - F, 1:00 am - 4:00 pm

(Summer and holiday hours may differ, please check the website at www.sc/edu/career)


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