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What can I do with a philosophy degree?

There’s a really simple answer: many, many things. Studying philosophy is excellent preparation for lots of different careers. One reason is that studying philosophy improves your ability to think critically, and, according to Forbes Magazine (external link) , this is the single most important skill that employers want to see.

Do you want to go to Law School, or to do an MBA, or to complete an MA or PhD?

If so, then studying philosophy is terrific preparation, since philosophy students perform extremely well on the standard tests (external link)  that are required for admission to these programs (LSAT, GMAT, and GRE).

Do you want to go to Teacher’s College?

If so, then studying philosophy first is a great idea. There are now two philosophy courses in the  (PDF file) Ontario high school curriculum (external link) : a Grade 11 course called Philosophy: The Big Questions, and a Grade 12 course called Philosophy: Questions and Theories. According to the OPTA (external link, opens in new window) , over 28,000 students now study philosophy in over 440 high schools across Ontario!

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Preparing for the job market

At Ryerson, we take career preparation very seriously. If you would like personalized advice about your career plans, visit the Career & Co-op Centre or contact the Faculty of Arts’ dedicated Career Counsellor, Sonny Wong.

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