Philosophy Major Resource Center – Part 3
Professional programs especially appropriate for students with BA philosophy degrees:
There are a number of professional degrees for which a BA in philosophy is an especially powerful foundation. Typically, the student pursues either a Master’s degree in the relevant area, either traditionally by attending college (full or part time), or by taking courses online and earning a degree that way. In some cases, besides getting the relevant Master’s degree, the student needs to obtain a credential or license as well. These professions include: Business Administration; Counseling; Creative Writing; Education; Journalism; Law; Library and Information Science; and Ministry/Religion.
In fact, many distinguished professionals were philosophy students in college.
In business administration, this includes:
- Eva Chen—co-founder and CEO of Trend Micro.
- Carly Fiorina—CEO Hewlett-Packard Company, presidential primary candidate.
- Phil Jackson—NBA coach and executive.
- Jordan Kotick—head of strategy, Barclays Bank.
- Gerald Levin—CEO Time-Warner, Inc.
- Peter Lynch—head of the Fidelity Magellan Fund.
- Michael McKaskey—president of the Chicago Bears.
- Adam Zimmerman—CEO of Noranda, Inc.
In creative writing, this includes:
- Edward Abbey—writer.
- Wes Anderson—writer, filmmaker.
- Mary Higgins Clark—best-selling mystery writer.
- Ethan Coen—writer, filmmaker.
- Philip K. Dick—science fiction writer.
- L. Doctorow—writer.
- Umberto Eco—novelist, semiotician.
- Mircea Eliade—writer, religious scholar.
- Ken Follett—novelist.
- Michael Frayn—playwright and novelist.
- William Gass—novelist and writer.
- Ellen Gilchrest—writer.
- Rebecca Goldstein—novelist.
- Peter Hoeg—novelist.
- Hanif Kureishi—writer.
- Elmore Leonard—novelist.
- Ira Levin—novelist, playwright.
- John Mighton—playwright and mathematician.
- Iris Murdoch—novelist.
- Patricia Rozema—screenwriter, director.
- Wallace Shawn—playwright, actor.
- Terry Southern—writer.
- Miguel de Unamuno—writer and intellectual.
- David Foster Wallace—novelist.
- Elie Wiesel—writer.
- Eric Kaplan–writer.
In education, this includes:
- Bob Moses—educator, civil rights activist.
In journalism (including political columnists, science columnists, and movie/art/literary critics), this includes:
- Northrop Frye—literary critic.
- Martin Gardner—science columnist.
- Christy Haubegger—editor of
- Mark Hulbert—financial columnist, writer.
- Claude Lanzsmann—journalist, filmmaker.
- Michael Lerner—editor of TIKKUN.
- Stone Phillips—TV commentator, anchor.
- Meyer Schapiro—art critic.
- Gene Siskel—film critic.
- Tony Snow—columnist, TV anchor.
- Susan Sontag—writer, activist, critic.
- Juan Williams—journalist, writer, commentator.
In the law, this includes:
- Sheila Bair—lawyer, chair of FDIC.
- William Bennett—former Secretary of Education, talk show host, writer.
- Steven Breyer—Supreme Court Justice.
- Rudi Giuliani—U.S. Attorney, mayor.
- Beverly McLachlin—Canadian Chief Justice.
- David Souter—Supreme Court Justice.
In the ministry, this includes:
- Joseph Bernardin—Cardinal.
- Georges Pire—Dominican friar, Nobel Peace Prize winner.
- Karol Wojtyla—Pope John Paul II.
Here are a number of useful sites, grouped by profession:
- To continue your education by taking college courses on line, Accredited Schools Online has a site called The Ultimate MOOC Handbook…link.
- OnlineMasters.com organization for information on Masters programs available online…link.
- See also the Center for School, College and Career Resources website for enhancing your education…link.
- Business administration—the professional degree is the Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Some relevant sites:
- Wiki discussion of the MBA degree…link.
- Forbes article on ten reasons to get an MBA…link.
- Forbes list of top MBA schools…link.
- OnlineMBA webpage on getting the MBA by distance learning…link.
- Online MBA programs…link.
- Best online MBA programs…link.
- MBA scholarships…link.
- GMAT tips and tricks…link.
- Online MBA programs and majors…link.
- Financial Times of London ranking of business schools worldwide…link.
- Financial Times on what these rankings mean…link.
- Wharton School of Management curriculum…link.
- Grantham University online MBA program…link.
- CSUF Mihaylo College of Business and Economics graduate programs (MBA programs, MS programs in accounting, information systems, taxation, and the MA in economics…link.
- Counseling—the professional degree is the Master’s in Counseling, and there are credentials (such as the MFT credential) required. Some relevant sites:
- OnlineCounselingPrograms.com on becoming a counselor…link.
- Counseling-License.com on becoming a counselor…link.
- Counseling-License.com on online degrees in counseling…link.
- Best On-line Master’s programs in counseling…link.
- Online degree programs in school counseling…link.
- Ph.D. programs in counseling…link.
- American Counseling Association choosing a career in counseling…link.
- Counseling Today symposium on the future of the profession…link.
- CACREP on why one becomes a counselor…link.
- org guide to counseling and Master’s programs…link.
- com guide on careers in counseling…link.
- com on how to become a counselor…link.
- CSUF Master’s in counseling…link.
- PsychologyDegrees.org on careers in psychology…link.
- CounselingDegreesOnline.org on careers in counseling…link.
- Creative writing—the professional degree is the Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA). Some relevant sites:
- Education—the relevant degree here is the Master’s in Education (M.Ed.), and a teaching credential is usually needed as well. Some relevant sites:
- Explanation of the degree…link.
- Teach.com explanation of the profession…link.
- Maryville University explanation of the profession…link
- Best online Masters programs in education…link.
- Best online PhDs in education…link.
- BestColleges.com Comprehensive Guide to an Online Teaching Degree…link.
- How to become a teacher…link.
- Bestcolleges.com site rating online masters programs in education…link.
- com site on credentialed Master’s programs…link.
- Arkansas State University online MS programs in education…link.
- CSUF Master’s in Education…link.
- American University site on how to become a teacher…link.
- Journalism—the professional degree is the Master’s of Science or the Master’s of Professional Studies in Journalism. Some relevant sites:
- Law—the professional degree is the Juris Doctor (JD) degree. Here are some relevant sites:
- 7sage.com website on taking the LSAT…link.
- Purdue University on how well students do on the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT…link.
- Tutor the People website on tutoring test prep for the LSAT, GRE, GMAT and others…link.
- University of Missouri discussion of why philosophy majors are desired by Law schools…link.
- National Jurist on how well classics and philosophy majors are suited for law school…link.
- US News rankings of philosophy schools…link.
- US News more detailed ranking…link.
- Above the Law rankings of law schools (by success of their grads in finding legal work)…link.
- Master’s in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS/MSLIS)
11. Nursing programs
a. NurseJournal.org on how to become an RN…link.
b. NurseJournal.org on financial aid to nursing students…link.