Why Barrytown?

What Good is a Philosophy and World Religions Major?

Since the average worker in the U.S. has over 10 different jobs in their lifetime, one does not necessarily need to major in a specific skill or trade in college. One DOES need to develop flexible skill sets that will make you valuable to any employer. What are 7 skills needed from workers of the future?

  1. Willing and able to take challenges.
  2. Strong speaking, writing and listening skills
  3. Ability to communicate effectively
  4. Ability to understand your organization’s strategies, goals, and values
  5. Critical thinking skills and ability to see from multiple perspectives
  6. Ability to collaborate with people from different backgrounds
  7. Versatility (need to be trainable for different kinds of jobs)

 

What can I do with a degree from Barrytown College?

World Religions & Philosophy Major
Minors in Media Arts, Business & Human Development/Family Studies
  • Excellent Foundation for Pursuing Graduate Education including Law School, Medical School (with required science courses), Business School and other Graduate Schools (see below for more information)
  • Work for Corporations in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Sales
  • Work for Non-Profits in non-profit management, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Sales
  • Work for Government Agencies such as Child Protective Services, United Nations, Peace Corps, CIA, FBI etc…
  • Work for Higher Education in Student Life, Public Relations, Alumni Relations, Social Media or as an Admissions Counselor, Financial Aid Specialist,
  • Work for a Newspaper or Blog, Journalist, Social Media, Public Relations, Marketing
  • Work in Ministerial Professions -- pastor, director of religious education, faith-based marriage counselor, etc.
  • Entrepreneurship: Own your own business. Start your own community/society-transforming non-profit!

 

With Further Graduate Education:

  • Lawyer:
    - Philosophy majors outperform all other majors except Math/Physics, and perform equally well as Economics majors, on the LSAT. The LSAT is the standardized test you would take if you want to attend law school. The LSAT measures logical ability, critical thinking, and analytical skills. For more information, see the following: Highest and Lowest LSAT majors, LSAT Score Update.
  • Business Executive (MBA):
    - Philosophy majors outperform business majors on the GMAT. Read more here.
  • Psychology:
    - Philosophy majors outperform all other majors on the GRE Verbal (see here) and Analytic (see here). Philosophy majors outperform all other humanities majors on the GRE Quantitative. See here.
  • Medical Doctor (Note: must have one year of science):
    - According to the American Medical Student Association, Philosophy majors are the most accepted out of all majors (even science majors), at 50%.
  • Chaplaincy
  • Clergy (Masters or Doctorate)

 

Want to Read More?

What Philosophy Majors Do
http://money.cnn.com/2000/10/13/career/q_degreephilosophy/

Why Study Religion?
http://www.studyreligion.org/where/skills.html

Philosophy majors are tied with Math majors for the top salary to increase ($103.5% increase) from when you start to the middle of your career. The median salary for philosophy majors increases to $81,200.
http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-Degrees_that_Pay_you_Back-sort.html

Philosophy and Business. “When you share a philosophical concept or a world view, you create alignment, whether it's with a colleague, a trading partner, or another stakeholder.”
http://www.businessweek.com/managing/content/jan2010/ca20100110_896657.htm

Employers want philosophy majors!
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2007/nov/20/choosingadegree.highereducation

The current economy demands that graduates be prepared for many types of jobs.
http://articles.philly.com/2011-10-15/news/30283702_1_philosophy-number-of-four-year-graduates-college-students

“[T]echnology and organizations change. History and philosophy, on the other hand, provide the kind of contextual knowledge and reasoning skills that are indispensable for business students.”
http://chronicle.com/article/Business-Education-Not-Always/127108/

LSAT Score Update
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1430654

Highest and Lowest LSAT Majors
http://legalblogwatch.typepad.com/legal_blog_watch/2009/09/choice-of-college-major-sways-lsat-score.html

GRE Scores Graph
http://pleasandexcuses.com/2012/09/06/philosophy-major/

American Medical Students Association
http://www.amsa.org/AMSA/Homepage/Publications/TheNewPhysician/2000/tnp275.aspx