Philosophy is a great major for many reasons. For one thing, you will have lots of different career paths to choose from. Our goal is to not only help you find the path that matches your unique skills and interests, but also to set you up to succeed once you graduate.
Prepare for the Job Market
Create a Resume
Start by making sure you have a well constructed resume. For pointers check out professional development modules from the Center for Career and Experiential Education (CCEE), Center for Career and Experiential Education.
Get Good Career and Professional Advising
In the URI Philosophy department we don’t limit ourselves to academic advising. See your adviser regularly to keep pace with opportunities to further your goals. In addition it would be a good idea to meet with a Career Education Specialist.
Create a profile to begin networking – connect with alumni, interact with potential employers, find jobs on and off campus.
- Sign up for a Handshake account and make virtual visits a part of your weekly routine.
Build non-academic skills on campus
- Join a student organization. Check out the range of opportunities at http://studentorg.apps.uri.edu
- Participate in volunteer opportunities and civic engagement. Explore your options at https://web.uri.edu/experience/volunteering-civic-engagement/
- Work for campus offices, departments, centers and divisions. Find student employment opportunities on campus.
Get real-world experience off campus
- Understand the process of searching for a job or internship. Learn more at https://docs.google.com/presentation/
- Engage in experiential learning for credit. Learn more at https://web.uri.edu/career/internships-for-credit/
- Create a Linkedin account to connect with potential employers https://www.linkedin.com/
- Check out these job opportunity search engines:
- Study abroad or at a different campus in the US. Learn more at https://www.uri.edu/international/
Consider Combining courses and programs
Your philosophy major alone prepares you well for many careers, but you can both focus your studies within philosophy, as well as complement your major with other program areas, to maximize the depth and breadth of your qualifications.
- Within the major, consider focusing electives in a specific area of philosophy, such as analytical subjects, science-oriented topics, art and literature, or ethics, in order to balance the breadth of the major with depth in one area.
- Add a minor, or perhaps a second major
- Join the URI Honors Program (if you have a 3.2 GPA or better)
- Take advantage of grants, prizes and funded opportunities