Philosophy - From Classroom to Career Junior Year
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How can you best use your remaining courses and free electives to both round out your education and prepare for a career? How about graduate work? 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, and investment banking. Those seeking further education have been admitted to graduate and professional programs at Ohio State and Columbia universities, Harvard Medical School, and the law schools at Boston College, Boston University, Fordham, and St. John's.
Take a leadership role during the Department's Socrates Cafe, a bi-weekly gathering of students and faculty who discuss philosophy. Talk to the department chair for details.
Hear From The Experts
Come and engage experts in our field as they deliver lectures. Take part in occasional seminars for faculty development. 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.
Open VISIONS Forum also features relevant speakers. Come and hear from national and international experts - for free.
Talk to favorite professors about possible supervised research projects you might do in your area of interest, in the summer or during the school year. On-campus summer housing may be available.
Interested in a research area but there is no course offered in the catalog? Talk to a faculty member or department chair about a possible independent study.
Phi Sigma Tau
Take a leadership role in Phi Sigma Tau, the international philosophy honor society. Work on developing a paper for publication in Dialogue, the student journal Phi Sigma Tau. Talk to the department chair for details.
Philosophy majors have access to a developing range of internships with public and private agencies available to all Fairfield students in good academic standing. Think about "trying out" a career, gaining work experience, marketable skills, potential mentors and a competitive edge. Look for potential matches between an internship with your career. Remember that summer jobs, not for credit, can be just as useful in gaining experience and building a resume.
Philosophy has department awards for outstanding students every spring; they are honored at the College of Arts and Sciences Award Night in April. We recognize the highest scholastic average in philosophy attained by a philosophy major through the Carl J. Levantino Award for excellence in the study of philosophy. Attend the event and look for projects that might earn you this honor. With your faculty advisor, gain experience in entering such a competition and learn how to effectively package and present your work - and yourself. Non-seniors are often singled out for their great work.
Look for three professors, in and out of the department, who can speak about your successes in an informed way.
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.