Career Development


When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in Philosophy and find out about program requirements, courses, and the program faculty.

Want to find out more about a major? Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being a Philosophy major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities 

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.


  • Critical thinking skills
  • Ability to use argumentation techniques to persuade others
  • Ability to seek information and identify problems
  • The ability to present a message clearly
  • Theory development
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Strong reading and writing skills
  • Aptitude for accuracy and detail
  • Research skills
  • Ability to communicate abstract ideas to others


  • Advertising
  • Arts Consultant 
  • Author
  • Business Administrator
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Counselor
  • Critic
  • Doctor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Foreign Service
  • Fund Raiser
  • Government Worker
  • Grant Writer
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Insurance Writer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Missionary
  • Paralegal
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Professor
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Public Service Official
  • Religious Education Director
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • Student Affairs Administrator
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer


  • Government Agencies
  • Law Firms
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Educational Institutions
  • Newspapers/Magazines
  • Political Parties
  • Non Profit Organizations
  • Broadcast Companies
  • Publishing Companies
  • Business & Industry
  • Religious Institutions

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS - The American Philosophical Association - The International Association for Philosophy and Literature - Society for Philosophy and Technology - Philosophy resources - The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Purchase JobScore Nonprofit site, internships and jobs - Jobs in law and career information - The Federal Government's official job site - Jobs/internships in the publishing industry - Journalism Jobs - Jobs in Higher Education - The Chronicle of Higher Education - The Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars


Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated 9/15

Career Information and Job Links

Acquired Skills, Career Titles & Organizations

Program Requirements



The Advising Center

8-Semester Graduation Plans

Exploring Majors  View informational interview videos and explore major and career possibilities!

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