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Career Preparation Bootcamp: Religion & Philosophy Style...

Get Ready, Set, Graduate: Education for the Marketplace

I want to let you in on a little secret…You ARE NOT limited on career opportunities by majoring in Religion and Philosophy. Contrary to poz`pular belief, Religion and Philosophy is not a useless major for college students looking to become employed after slaving over their studies for four years in undergrad. In reality, it constitutes one of the best to developing the skills you need to succeed in this competitive marketplace.

Religion and Philosophy develops strong critical thinking skills. In the Huffington Post article, “The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing the World of Business,” Flickr co-founder Steward Butterfield told University of Victoria Students: “I think if you have a good background in what it is to be human, an understanding of life, culture and society, it gives you a good perspective on starting a business, instead of an education purely in business.” [1] In the Religion and Philosophy Department, students reflect on all things with an inquisitive mind while evaluating both stated and implied information within assigned readings. Within their writings, students prove their arguments through constructive reasoning based on the information presented through both primary and secondary source documents and other readings. 

Religion and Philosophy studies strengthens your ability to communicate and work with others. Humanity based majors are “a good bet because the things that are hardest to computerize or outsource are going to be all about skills that emphasize human interaction. Empathy, sociability, writing, analyzing, and reacting to people-all things more likely to come from the humanities than hard sciences." [2] In the Religion and Philosophy Department, we focus on building reading and writing skills to prepare you to face the job market post graduation. Most jobs require effective reading and writing skills, but expertly executing these skills remains uncommon. Professionals who communicate their ideas through concise and clear writing have a clear advantage over their peers. We also work with the Lilly Center and external organizations to assist all majors to acquire internship experience necessary for them to enter the world with the skills and knowledge to make a difference in their communities as soon as they graduate.

Religion and Philosophy majors learn the various viewpoints present in our multicultural society. Most companies feature a multicultural workplace that thrives on understanding the ever-changing global society. In the Religion and Philosophy Department, students engage with ideas causing them to explore and interpret the world around them.  We live in a world with complex ideas and making connections between people and their respective cultures. In fields that incorporate and synthesize several perspectives, religion and philosophy majors thrive and excel.

 

Get Ready, Set, Graduate: Continuing Your Education

Are you thinking of going into a graduate or professional program, e.g., medicine, law, business? Would you like to know how to score high on those admissions tests? Are you just waiting for that acceptance letter to your dream program? Then look no further, you can have it all with four years with your Religion and Philosophy major (GPA earned separately).

Religion and Philosophy students routinely score the highest on these standardizes tests including the LSAT (Law Schools Admissions Test), MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), and GRE (Graduate Record Examination). Professional schools routinely seek students from the humanities and social sciences, particularly those with challenging majors. The American Bar Association offers this advice when contemplating your undergraduate major:

“You may choose to major in subjects that are considered to be traditional preparation for law schools, such as History, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, or Business, or you may focus your undergraduate studies in diverse areas…Whatever major you select, you are encouraged to pursue an area of study that interests and challenges you, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop your research and writing skills." [3]


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More Info

For more reasons to study Religion and Philosophy, visit these websites:

 


1 Carolyn Gregoire, “The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing the World of Business,” January 3, 2017. The Huffington Post. www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/05/why-philosophy-majors-rule_n_4891404.html

2 Max Nisen, “11 Reasons to Ignore the Haters and Major In the Humanities,” Jun 27, 2013. Business Insider. www.businessinsider.com/11-reasons-to-major-in-the-humanities-2013-6

3The American Bar Association. “Pre-Law: Preparing for Law School,” www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/pre_law.html

4 https://nyuad.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyuad/departments/arts-humanities/images/Philosophy/LSAT%20and%20GMAT%20Scores.pdf