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Learn more about the philosophy major. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and philosophy majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include strong verbal and written communication skills, analytical and reasoning skills, and the ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "SAI" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options.  You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

 

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Graduate Programs in Philosophy

This is a small sample of programs alumni have gone onto, to find graduate programs in this field, search the Grad School Directory or Peterson's Guide.

  • Master of Arts, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Columbia University
  • Master of Arts, Philosophy, University of Chicago
  • Master of Arts, Philosophy & Religious Studies, University of Houston

Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Government & Law

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Academic Intern, Ramsey County Attorney
  • Intern, Office of Senator Al Franken
  • Event Planning Intern, CommonBond Communities
  • Public Policy Intern, United States Senate
  • Legal Intern, Gonko & Vavreck PLLC
  • Legal Intern,
  • Crow Wing County Attorney
  • Intern, Hennepin County SCOPE Service Center Intern

Entry-Level

  • Law Clerk, The Adkins Law Group
  • Bookkeeper/File Clerk, The Law Office of Katherine L Mackinnon PLLC
  • Legislative Aide, Minnesota Senate
  • Crime Victim Liaison Program Secretary, Council on Crime and Justice

Experienced

  • Director, Step-UP, City of Minneapolis
  • Political Campaign Strategist, Independent Contractor

Graduate Programs

  • JD, Hamline University. Postgrad job: Corporate Counsel, Life Time Fitness
  • JD, Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD, University of Minnesota
Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Market Planning Consultant, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Customer Service Representative, Aetna
  • HRMS Business Analyst, University of Minnesota

Experienced

  • Assistant Event Coordinator, Target Field Events
  • Business Analyst Consultant, Digineer

Graduate Programs

  • MBA, Delta State University
  • MBA, Capella University
  • MBA, St. Catherine University. Post-grad job: School Age Child Care Director, YMCA of Greater Twin Cities
  • MA, Organizational Leadership
  • MBA, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Nonprofit & Advocacy

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Marketing and Social Media Intern, Free Arts Minnesota
  • Intern, Take Action Minnesota
  • Special Events Intern, Phillips Eye Institute Foundation
  • Administrative Intern, Outfront Minnesota

Entry-Level

  • High School Coordinator, United Way
  • Research Assessment Technician, Institute of Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology. Postgrad job: Senior Advisor, Capella University
  • Master of Divinity, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminar
Education

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Education Policy Intern, Center for Democracy and Citizenship

Entry-Level

  • Teacher, Teach for America
  • Minneapolis Kids Child Care Assistant, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Assistant to the Director of Admissions, University of Minnesota
  • Event and Programs Coordinator-Student Unions and Activities, University of Minnesota
  • Principal Office and Administrative Specialist, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Experienced

  • Curriculum Developer, Franklin Excellence
  • Chief of Staff-Office of Admissions, University of Minnesota

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Education, Columbia University
  • PhD, Higher Education, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • MED, Youth Development Leadership

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.