What Can I Do With a Major in Philosophy?

The practice of philosophy is a careful, in-depth study of humanity’s most basic ideas, presuppositions, and beliefs. Its goal is to understand as clearly as possible one’s conception of the world and humanity’s place in it, and to see to what extent one’s beliefs are justified.

– Department of Philosophy, Bates College

Related Careers

  • Business: Technology, Marketing, Advertising, Human Resources, Legal, Public Relations, Management
  • Education: Secondary and College Teaching
  • Government: Policy Analysis, Public Opinion Analysis
  • Print/Social Media: Reporting, Editing, Research, Publishing
  • Think Tank: Ethics, Research, Analysis
  • Additional fields to consider: Religion/Ministry, Environmental Issues, Public Health, Social/Community Service


  • Human Resources Intern, Manpower
  • Summer Intern, U.S. Senator Al Franken
  • Event and Outreach Intern, Dreams for Kids
  • Intern, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
  • Research Assistant, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Intern, Park Avenue Artists
  • Intern, Lewiston District Court
  • Digital Media Intern, Clinton Foundation
  • Ethics Intern, Maine Medical Center

Graduate Schools

  • Masters in Accounting, University of Delaware
  • JD, UPenn Law School
  • Masters in Education, Columbia University
  • Masters in Philosophy, University College Dublin
  • JD, Suffolk Law School


  • JET Program, Japan
  • Transcript Evaluator, National Labor College
  • Partner Integration Lead, Gain Fitness
  • Business Immigration Analyst, Seyfarth Shaw
  • Data Analyst, US Attorney’s Office in Portland
  • Analyst, CSMG
  • Production Asst, XPN
  • Analyst, EZE Castle
  • Clinical Research Coordinator, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Consultant, IBM
  • Associate Account Executive, Chen PR

Links for Further Research

  • The Philosophical Gourmet (Grad School) –
  • Philosophy and Business –
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  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics –
  • Society for Business Ethics –
  • Philosophy of Science Association –
  • American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy –
  • Society for Philosophy and Technology –