Choosing a major
Why choose philosophy as a major? The following articles describe the personal, academic, and career value of philosophy:
- “Is Philosophy the most practical major?”
- "Would you hire Socrates?"
- “Philosophers Find the Degree Pays Off in Life And in Work”
- "Philosophy's Makeover"
- “How Philosophy Pays Off”
- "How Does Philosophy Relate to My Career"
The skills you acquire at UFV in the study of philosophy are transferable and applicable for many different careers. They include the following:
- expose and clarify questions, assumptions, biases, language, and concept
- design research programs
- find basic sources of data and unobvious sources of data
- interpret and evaluate different views
- apply logic to computer programming, research, and development
- trace and construct elaborate chains of evidence and argument
- write clear, concise reports, briefs, case studies, etc.
- see the larger issues and implications of a problems
- lead and guide discussions with diverse individuals
- analyse, formulate, and present logical arguments
- ability to think through the consequences of decisions and make an informed decision
- generate solutions to a variety of problems
Traditionally, students who major in philosophy would teach in a college or university after completing a graduate degree in philosophy. These career opportunities have been greatly reduced for many years. However, with increased echo-boom enrolments and the retirement of many boomer philosophy instructors, the prospects for a career teaching philosophy have improved a great deal.
A degree in philosophy forms a good basis for many other careers, including law, medicine, mental healthcare, business, computer sciences, personnel management, human resources development, research, and consulting. Examples of job titles include:
- legal professional
- community worker
- research assistant
- business analyst
- opinion researcher
- research coordinator
- labour relations officer
- risk analyst
- policy analyst
Career exploration tools
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Acquiring professional experience
While you study, you can gain work experience and enhance your resume through a variety of ways, whether on or off campus:
Connect with UFV’s Research office to assist you in becoming a student researcher, and exploring opportunities, such as international internships, research assistant positions, undergraduate research excellence awards, and more.
Participate in student government (clubs, newspaper, etc.)
- UFV Association for Students of Philosophy (ASP)
- The Cascade, UFV's autonomous student newspaper posts opportunities, including employment
Browse UFV student job postings
- Visit CareerLink to learn how to work part time while you study through UFV's work study opportunities.
Join professional associations
- The Canadian Philosophical Association
- The American Philosophical Association
- The Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics
- The Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers
- Canadian federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
The Career Centre is available to all UFV students and alumni and provides free access to the following:
- job search tools
- resume writing assistance
- job postings
- co-operative education
- work study opportunities
- career coaching appointments
- career resources and events
Building on your degree
A major in philosophy prepares you for further study in fields such as:
- Political science