"To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts; but to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates. "
~ Henry Thoreau
What is Philosophy?
Philosophy is the love, study or pursuit of wisdom. At William Paterson University, the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is designed to encourage students to be intellectually courageous, to work both cooperatively and independently, to form new connections and to master analysis, interpretation, effective communication and imagination skills that are becoming increasingly crucial for success in any endeavor.
Link to the Philosophy Department:
Admissions information on Philosophy:
What interests and skills do potential employers value in this career?
- Intellectual understanding
- Mental and emotional well-being
- Warm and personable character
- Desire to continue learning through life
- Sensitivity to the inconsistencies of human behavior
Some careers that Philosophy majors pursue are:
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Aside from majoring in philosophy, what else can I do that may enhance my qualifications?
Students in the Philosophy major at William Paterson have numerous opportunities to enhance their academic experience. Students can contact the department about internships in a variety of organizations depending on the student's interests. Also, many students find that a study abroad experience enhances their curriculum because they are given the opportunity to experience other cultures.
American Philosophical Association http://www.apaonline.org/
Guide to Philosophy on the Internet http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/gpi/jobs.htm
Other sources of information:
Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in philosophy. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have. Visiting the philosophy department may also prove valuable in addressing questions.
The Career Development and Gloria S. Williams Advisement Center
Student Center 301, 300 Pompton Road Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone 973.720.2281/2282 Fax 973.720.2074