Philosophy - From Classroom to Career Freshman Year
Use your academic advisor and the peer advising program to explore philosophy and other potential majors, minors, programs and courses, given your interest.
I've always liked philosophy, and Dr. Dewitt's class spoke to what I've always found appealing. He's helped us learn to break down arguments and see the flaws in circular reasoning, and all the classes have helped me practice reasoning and logic skills. I hope to go to law school and practice criminal law someday, and I can't imagine a better background for what I'd like to do.
- Elaine Rooney, Philosophy
Come and engage experts in our field as they deliver lectures. Take part in occasional seminars for the development of its faculty. Talk to the department chair for details. We also encourage you to attend lectures and events at other major universities, which are readily accessible because of Fairfield's proximity to New York City and New Haven.
Come to the Café
The Department hosts Socrates Cafe, a bi-weekly gathering of students and faculty who discuss philosophy. Talk to the department chair for details.
What is your "dream job" after graduation? What are you passionate about? Talk to your faculty advisor and other mentors. As a philosophy major, how can you use your time at Fairfield to prepare for it through class work, internships, volunteer activities, summer jobs, leadership positions with clubs and organizations, and other relevant out of class experiences.
Philosophy majors are not limited in their choice of postgraduate careers. Their studies prepare them to be analytical, reflective, and understanding of the fundamental values in any enterprise. The career paths of recent graduates indicate this versatility. Recent philosophy majors have gone into law, medicine, social work, teaching, investment banking, and a few have even gone on to graduate school in philosophy. Those seeking further education have been admitted to graduate and professional programs at Ohio State, Columbia, Pittsburgh, Southern Illinois, Utah, Harvard Medical School, and the law schools at Boston College, Boston University, Cardozo, UConn, Fordham, Rutgers, and St. John's.
That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to Philosophy majors.