FROM STUDY TO SKILLS
All academic programs offered at the UM help students develop valuable transferable skills. As a Philosophy concentrator, you will be uncovering, analyzing, and evaluating the values and assumptions implicit in human activities and practices, such as science, the arts, religion, morality, ethics, and social and political institutions. Thus Philosophy could be considered the fundamental liberal arts major.
In its emphasis on questioning and knowing, the pursuit of Philosophy will help you acquire excellent analytical and critical evaluation skills, which will be applicable to a wide range of careers.
Related fields include Classical Studies, History, Political Science, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Linguistics, Law, Ancient Civilizations, and Biblical Studies.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Research / Project Development Skills
Organizing ideas / information
Interpreting data / relationships
Identifying and clarifying values
Linking specific issues to broad concepts
Addressing opposing viewpoints
Applying logic to problems
Articulating abstract complicated concepts
Presenting alternative viewpoints
Advising / counseling
BUILDING YOUR SKILLS OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Employers seek out individuals who can demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, initiative, and a strong work ethic. Student organizations and campus employment offer valuable opportunities to add to the skills you are developing in your classes. Philosophy student organizations include the Undergraduate Philosophy Club and the Student Secular Alliance Club. Other ways to build skills include study abroad, off-campus employment or volunteering in the community. Finally, a summer internship may be the best way of all to test out a career field and develop marketable skills.
FROM SKILLS TO CAREER
Philosophy concentrators develop high-level analytical and communication skills applicable to a wide range of careers. For example, the ability to interpret conflicting points of view with accuracy and reach a decision that is rationally and objectively defensible may be equally useful whether working as a mediator, a diplomat, or a member of a biomedical ethics committee.
Many concentrators go on to graduate, law, or other professional school. The list below is a sample of careers undertaken by Philosophy graduates.
Research / Project Development Skills
Human services coordinator
Artificial intelligence and expert systems designer
Biomedical ethics researcher
Affirmative action officer
Underwriter / claims adjuster
Financial / Business Analyst
Problem Solving Skills
Public health officer
Foreign service officer
Consumer protection advocate
Consumer relations representative
Public relations director
Technical writer, all media
Community development liaison
Clergy / missionary
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For more career information, see O*Net at http://online.onetcenter.org/
The prerequisite for the concentration is one 100- or 200-level Philosophy course with a C or better. The concentration requires 25 credit hours at a minimum, of which at least one must be a 400-level course. We also offer an honors concentration and a 15-credit minor.
For further information, please make an appointment with a concentration advisor.
Department of Philosophy
2215 Angell Hall
Newnan Advising Center
1255 Angell Hall
NEXT STEPS / RESOURCES
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On-campus jobs (work-study and non work-study jobs) are listed at: https://studentemployment.umich.edu/JobX_Home.aspx
Maize Pages list hundreds of organizations for students to get involved in: http://studentorgs.umich.edu/maize
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