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 Masterâ€™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 Masterâ€™s degree, the student needs to obtain a credential or license as well. These professions include (among others): 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:
- Stewart Butterfield–co-founder of Flickr.
- Patrick M. Byrne–founder of Overstock.com.
- Eva Chenâ€”co-founder and CEO of Trend Micro.
- Carly Fiorinaâ€”CEO Hewlett-Packard Company, Presidential primary candidate.
- Carl Icahn–Hedge fund manager.
- Phil Jacksonâ€”NBA coach and executive.
- Jordan Kotickâ€”head of Strategy for Barclays Bank.
- Gerald Levinâ€”CEO Time-Warner, Inc.
- Peter Lynchâ€”head of the Fidelity Magellan Fund.
- Michael McCaskeyâ€”president of the Chicago Bears.
- Larry Sanger–co-founder of Wikipedia.
- George Soros–hedge fund manager.
- Peter Thiel–founder of Paypal and financier of many start-up high-tech firms.
- Adam Zimmermanâ€”CEO of Noranda, Inc.
In creative writing, this includes:
- Edward Abbeyâ€”writer.
- Wes Andersonâ€”writer, filmmaker.
- Mary Higgins Clarkâ€”best-selling mystery writer.
- Ethan Coenâ€”writer, filmmaker.
- Philip K. Dickâ€”science fiction writer.
- L. Doctorowâ€”writer.
- Umberto Ecoâ€”novelist, semiotician.
- Mircea Eliadeâ€”writer, religious scholar.
- Ken Follettâ€”novelist.
- Michael Fraynâ€”playwright and novelist.
- William Gassâ€”novelist and writer.
- Ellen Gilchrestâ€”writer.
- Rebecca Goldsteinâ€”novelist.
- Peter Hoegâ€”novelist.
- Hanif Kureishiâ€”writer.
- Elmore Leonardâ€”novelist.
- Ira Levinâ€”novelist, playwright.
- John Mightonâ€”playwright and mathematician.
- Iris Murdochâ€”novelist.
- Patricia Rozemaâ€”screenwriter, director.
- Wallace Shawnâ€”playwright, actor.
- Terry Southernâ€”writer.
- Miguel de Unamunoâ€”writer and intellectual.
- David Foster Wallaceâ€”novelist.
- Elie Wieselâ€”writer.
- Eric Kaplan–writer.
In education, this includes:
- Bob Mosesâ€”educator, civil rights activist.
In journalism (including political columnists, science columnists, and movie/art/literary critics), this includes:
- Northrop Fryeâ€”literary critic.
- Martin Gardnerâ€”science columnist.
- Christy Haubeggerâ€”editor of
- Mark Hulbertâ€”financial columnist, writer.
- Claude Lanzsmannâ€”journalist, filmmaker.
- Michael Lernerâ€”editor of TIKKUN.
- Stone Phillipsâ€”TV commentator, anchor.
- Meyer Schapiroâ€”art critic.
- Gene Siskelâ€”film critic.
- Tony Snowâ€”columnist, TV anchor.
- Susan Sontagâ€”writer, activist, critic.
- Juan Williamsâ€”journalist, writer, commentator.
In the law, this includes:
- Sheila Bairâ€”lawyer, chair of FDIC.
- William Bennettâ€”former Secretary of Education, talk show host, writer.
- Steven Breyerâ€”Supreme Court Justice.
- Rudi Giulianiâ€”U.S. Attorney, mayor.
- Beverly McLachlinâ€”Canadian Chief Justice.
- David Souterâ€”Supreme Court Justice.
In the ministry, this includes:
- Joseph Bernardinâ€”Cardinal.
- Georges Pireâ€”Dominican friar, Nobel Peace Prize winner.
- Karol Wojtylaâ€”Pope John Paul II.
Here are a number of useful sites, grouped by profession:
- CareerKarma report on the IT skills most in demand today…link.
- 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 administrationâ€”the professional degree is the Masterâ€™s in Business Administration (MBA). Some relevant sites:
- Wiki discussion of the MBA degree … link.
- EducationDegree.com on a career in teaching…link.
- Forbes article on ten reasons to get an MBAâ€¦link.
- Forbes list of top MBA schoolsâ€¦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 worldwideâ€¦link.
- Financial Times on what these rankings meanâ€¦link.
- Wharton School of Management curriculumâ€¦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 economicsâ€¦link.
- OnlineMBA.com page ranking online MBA programs…link.
- BestColleges.com has a page on online bachelor’s programs in business administration…link.
- Counselingâ€”the professional degree is the Masterâ€™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 counselingâ€¦link.
- Counseling Today symposium on the future of the professionâ€¦link.
- CACREP on why one becomes a counselorâ€¦link.
- org guide to counseling and Masterâ€™s programsâ€¦link.
- com guide on careers in counselingâ€¦link.
- com on how to become a counselorâ€¦link.
- CSUF Masterâ€™s in counselingâ€¦link.
- PsychologyDegrees.org on careers in psychology…link.
- CounselingDegreesOnline.org on careers in counseling…link.
- Creative writingâ€”the professional degree is the Masterâ€™s of Fine Arts (MFA). Some relevant sites:
- Educationâ€”the relevant degree here is the Masterâ€™s in Education (M.Ed.), and a teaching credential is usually needed as well. Some relevant sites:
- Explanation of the degreeâ€¦link.
- Teach.com explanation of the professionâ€¦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 Masterâ€™s programsâ€¦link.
- Arkansas State University online MS programs in education…link.
- CSUF Masterâ€™s in Educationâ€¦link.
- American University site on how to become a teacher…link.
- Novoresume.com page on how to do an effective resume for getting a teaching job…link.
- Journalismâ€”the professional degree is the Masterâ€™s of Science or the Masterâ€™s of Professional Studies in Journalism. Some relevant sites:
- Lawâ€”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 LSATâ€¦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 schoolsâ€¦link.
- National Jurist on how well classics and philosophy majors are suited for law schoolâ€¦link.
- US News rankings of philosophy schoolsâ€¦link.
- US News more detailed rankingâ€¦link.
- Above the Law rankings of law schools (by success of their grads in finding legal work)â€¦link.
- Masterâ€™s in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS/MSLIS)
11.Â Nursing programs
a. NurseJournal.org on how to become an RN…link.
b. NurseJournal.org on financial aid to nursing students…link.
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