Philosophy - From Classroom to Career Senior Year
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.
Line Up References
Finalize 3+ professors from philosophy and elsewhere who might serve as professional references for you. Discuss your future plans with them and ask for guidance.
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.
Phi Sigma Tau
Take a leadership role in Phi Sigma Tau, the international philosophy honor society. Work on developing a paper for publication inDialogue, the student journal Phi Sigma Tau. Talk to the department chair for details.
Start to narrow your interests and look for ways to use classwork, internships, summer work and potential independent studies to further your interest.
Service Learning Associates
Housed in the Office of Service Learning, the Service Learning Associates (SLA) program engages 8 to 10 undergraduates each semester as student leaders to their peers in service-learning courses. Each associate works intensively with one professor to support a service-learning course which aligns with the associate's academic background and interests. The associates meet regularly with both faculty and fellow associates throughout the semester and attend professional development trainings facilitated by the Office of Service Learning. Contact Danielle Corea, program coordinator.
I do service learning because I believe that there is more to learning than being inside a classroom, and for as much as I can give, there's even more that I can learn. - Daryll Fay '13, Philosophy and English
Use your final internship(s) to try out careers, sharpen your resume and cover letter, develop a portfolio, make contacts, and take classroom skills and apply to real world. Positions are available at the local, state and national government levels, and with nonprofit organizations. Philosophy majors have access to a developing range of internships with public and private agencies available to all Fairfield students in good academic standing. Recently, a student was placed with the Institutional Review Board of Bridgeport Hospital, which provided the basis for the study of the protection of human subjects in biomedical research.
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.