- Areas of Study
- About A&S
- Faculty & Staff
- Cultural Initiatives
- Research Initiatives
What can you do with a Philosophy and Religion degree?
Students regularly ask what they can do with a degree in philosophy and religion. Their interest is fueled, in part, by parental concerns that the degree is useless. In fact, it’s quite common for people to think that philosophy and religion majors will be unemployed, underemployed, or have no useful professional skills. These are myths; they are simply not true.
Many of our students go on to graduate school, medical school, and law school. But numerous studies show that our majors have significant earning potential, even if they end up with only a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion.
But don’t take our word for it. Here are some links majors can read and pass on to their parents to help explain how our majors prepare them for professional life.
Salary comparisons (philosophers do get jobs and they end up making good money):
- "Philosophy Projected as Top-Paid Class of 2016 Humanities Major" (Report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)
- “Philosophy Majors Don’t Get Much Respect, but Their Earnings Don’t Suck” (538.com and The NY Times.)
- “Philosophers make much more than welders” (The Washington Post)
- “Salaries of Philosophy Majors Over Time” (Daily Nous)
Jobs and skills open to philosophy and other liberal-arts majors (graduates are very versatile):
- "11 Insanely Successful Philosophy Majors" (Tech Insider)
- “The myth of the unemployed Humanities Major” (Association of American Colleges and Universities)
- "Infographic: The Value of a Liberal Arts Degree." (Daily Infographic)
"What is Philosophy? (Studio One/YouTube): This five-minute interview with the department's own Jack Russell Weinstein explains both philosophy is and how to sell the degree to future employers.