Philosophy majors and minors and Religious Studies minors bring two valuable skills to the workplace. The first is the ability to think critically, which means the ability to analyze and assess different types of arguments or persuasive strategies. The second is the ability to understand, interpret, and synthesize wide-ranging ideas -- a skill acquired by studying important philosophers from different eras and cultures. These skills enable graduates to make good decisions based on sound reasoning. Already decided on another career choice and major? Consider a second major or a minor from the Philosophy and Humanities department. Anyone aspiring to succeed in almost any career can substantially benefit from a curriculum that developes skills in logic, moral reasoning, careful argumentation and thoughtful writing, and dicussion of complex issues.
Many philosophy majors successfully pursue graduate studies in law, education, and psychology. Some majors have pursued Ph.D. degrees in philosophy at universities such as the University of Toronto, Duquesne University, UNC Law School, and SUNY Buffalo. Consult The Philosophical Gourmet Report if you're thinking about applying to a graduate program in philosophy. Non-academically minded graduates with strong analytical and communication skills have also found rewarding careers in business, computer science, education, and management. More information on non-academic careers for Philosophy majors can be found at http://www.apaonline.org/publications/texts/nonaintro.aspx and http://www.sfu.ca/philosophy/undergrad/career_advice.html. Further information is also available in this handout.
Students who complete the Religious Studies Minor are well prepared to pursue careers within their own religious traditions as well as advanced degrees in divinity, theology, or religious studies. Further information on non-academic careers for Religious Studies minors is available in this handout.
To these ends, Philosophy and Religious Studies students are encouraged to present at and attend colloquia and conferences held both locally and around the country. The Philosophy and Humanities Department and Buffalo State offer support for these academic endeavors. Funding for attendance at out of town conferences is available through the Undergraduate Research Foundation. Refer to Conference Alerts for a general listing of conferences worldwide.
Religious Studies minors are encouraged to intern at the congregation, parish, mosque, or synagogue of their choice under the direction of a faculty mentor.
That being said, college is not just about taking classes, making presentations, and internships. Student organizations can be a fun way to unwind from class, pursue personal interests, and network for your future.
For more on social organizations at Buffalo State and career-related information, please refer to the links on the right.