How to Get a Job with a Philosophy Degree

This is the title of a piece in today’s NYT on Wake Forest University and its approach to bridging the liberal arts to careers. The article is worth a read but read also the readers’ comments. One point that emerges, and is confirmed by our research, is the need for humanities majors to combine the liberal arts with technical skills. Unless students are going to professional school (Law is a prime candidate for philosophy majors), some hard skill is required for entry into the market. According to a lot of anecdotal evidence, the liberal arts dimension takes over and adds comparative value to careers a little later in the process. Also missing from the Wake Forest approach is any serious focus the international marketplace, international internships, and so on. Our students have found enormous career-enhancement value in combining technical fields with foreign language/cultural study and an international internship.

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