What Can I Do with a Philosophy Major?

Short answer: just about anything you can do with another major, but with a leg up.

To cite just a few examples from among our recent graduates, many are in technology and law, one is in the diplomatic service, another is a reporter for NPR, two have started a coffee roasting company, several are in politics, and a large number are earning or have earned graduate degrees, in fields including medicine, education, religion, law, fine arts, physics, business, political science, computer science, and, of course, philosophy. Few disciplines can boast of contributing to such diverse pursuits.

In what sense do philosophy majors have a leg up? As a group, philosophy majors gain employment on graduation at higher than average ratesscore at or near the top on admissions tests like the LSAT and GMAT; earn entrance to medical school at a higher rate than all other majors, including chemistry and biology; and more generally enjoy a well-earned reputation among employers for clear and rigorous thinking. While the best reason to major in philosophy is because it interests you, that choice turns out to be an excellent career move, too.

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