Careers & Graduate School

Believe it or not, degrees in the liberal arts can actually make it easier to land a job. Each major within the School of Arts & Sciences carries with it a unique list of skill sets that more and more employers are saying they want. Across industries, employers look for a combination of skills, interests and values that match their own.

Prepared for Anything

Forget about scrolling through a list of careers philosophy majors pursue. There are no rules. If you choose a major you're passionate about, you are much more likely to discover and develop your own personal skills, interests and values that ultimately, will help you find a rewarding profession.

Skills You Will Gain as a Philosophy Major

  • Logical reasoning
  • Writing effectively
  • Linking specific issues to broad concepts
  • Investigating alternatives
  • Applying logic to problems
  • Comparing perspectives
  • Interpreting data/relationships

Ready for Graduate School

Since 1995, half of the students who graduated from the University of Richmond with degrees in philosophy have continued to study for advanced degrees in subjects like law, medicine, and, of course, philosophy. Successful involvement in undergraduate research is one of the best predictors that a student will flourish in a philosophy graduate program. If you think graduate school is for you, be sure to contact a faculty mentor to design an undergraduate research experience that matches your experience and goals.

Get Out There

Remember, it’s never too early to visit Career Services. Exploring how your skills, experiences, interests, and values can influence your career choices is something you can do from your first year at Richmond through your fourth and beyond. Whether you are searching for that first job, exploring graduate school options, or considering something unique like a bridge experience or fellowship, Career Services can help you get there.