Philosophers reflect on some of the world’s most serious problems: the basis of ethical action, human rights, global justice or our relationship with the environment and they ask questions about the mind, knowledge, science, identity, gender and sexuality. As a philosophy student you will learn to analyze ideas and arguments, to read, write and reason well, and build skills for speech and debate. As you reflect on the assumptions that inform our social, political, and scientific practices, you will think about, and relate to, the political, social and natural world in an entirely new way.
An undergraduate degree in philosophy is the stepping stone to graduate studies or a wide variety of careers that require critical thinking, careful writing, or superior communication skills. For the latest information on programs, visit theDepartment of Philosophy.
As a student in Philosophy, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.
Concept formulation skills
Constructing and assessing rational arguments and defending ideas
Strong research skills
Ability to summarize and synthesize complicated material
Presenting alternative viewpoints
Theory development skills
Communicate ideas clearly by listening carefully and responding comprehensively
Read critically and write persuasively
Explain complex concepts and ideas to others effectively
Write reports and essays
Explain complex concepts and theories efficiently
Interact with others and build professional relationships
Manage tasks and meet deadlines
Work under pressure
Influence and persuade
Make decisions and use sound judgement
Give and receive feedback
Lead and follow
Observe and interpret data
Analyze and evaluate conflicting information to make a good judgement or conclusion
Understand complex problems and identify solutions
Potential work settings
Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study.
Community and social services
Correctional and rehabilitation services
Ethnic and cultural organizations
Government (Federal, Provincial and Municipal)
Management consulting firms
Newspaper and publishing industry
Nonprofit and non-governmental organizations
Radio and television stations
Real estate agencies
Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree
Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.
Explore the types of jobs for each industry and find out about required skills, education level and salary ranges in Canada:
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