Philosophy Overview

Future Study & Career Opportunities for UCCS Philosophy Students

Future Study Opportunities

Master's Degree Program in Ethics and Society at Fordham University

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Fordham University offers an interdisciplinary, one-year Master of Arts degree in Ethics and Society and is currently accepting applications for Fall 2021. We have rolling admissions, but the priority deadline for merit-based funding consideration is March 15, 2021.

Program Details and Highlights

  • 30-credit program can be completed in one year, on a full-time basis

  • Part-time study/evening courses also available

  • Flexible course of study can be tailored to reflect the student’s current interests and future goals. Optional areas of specialization currently include:

    • Bioethics and Health Sciences

    • Environmental Ethics

    • Globalization and Human Rights

    • Ethics, Law, and Policy

    • Race, Gender, and Class

  • Opportunity to participate in a practicum, that pairs academic studies with weekly experience shadowing ethics professionals

  • Graduate assistantships available on a competitive basis to qualified students

Fordham’s Ethics and Society MA prepares students to engage critically and compassionately with the most pressing moral, social, political, and environmental issues of our time. Both academically rigorous and practical, our pluralistic, cross-disciplinary program gives students a foundation in the moral frameworks of philosophy, theology, psychology, bioethics, and social justice, while providing opportunities to interact with professionals whose work requires ethical decision-making. Students also benefit from a variety of activities sponsored by Fordham’s Center for Ethics Education. Alumni have successfully pursued a variety of careers related to ethics or have gone on to professional or doctoral programs in the humanities, medicine, sciences, and law. 

For more information, or to apply, visit https://www.fordham.edu/ethicsandsociety . You can also contact Associate Director for Academic Programs, Steve Swartzer, Ph.D., at sswartzer@fordham.edu or https://stevenswartzer.youcanbook.me to schedule a virtual meeting.

 

Career Opportunities

Denver Summer Teaching Fellowship 
Have you ever thought about teaching? Want to give it a try? If so, the Denver Summer Teaching Fellowship is for you. Generation Teach partners with local schools to provide undergraduate and high-school students with high-quality summer teaching experiences.

The Summer Teaching Fellowship includes two weeks of training and six weeks of teaching small groups of middle-school students. Teaching Fellows receive daily coaching and a $2,800 scholarship. Upcoming application deadlines are February 5 and March 5. Learn more here. Fellowships fill quickly; apply here!

 

Great Hearts Academies has several mid-year openings for teaching positions that they are currently working to fill, in both Arizona and Texas, including:

·         Special Education teachers

·         English as a Second Language teachers

·         Apprentice teachers

·         K-5th grade homeroom teachers

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in applying for these openings, you may do so by completing the mid-year general faculty application (or copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://phg.tbe.taleo.net/phg04/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=GREATHEARTS&cws=46&rid=1124). Interested in learning more? Please reach out to us at careers@greatheartsamerica.org.

In the meantime, here are some additional resources to continue learning more about Great Hearts:

 

The Philosophy Major’s (Surprisingly Solid) Career Prospects

Philosophy majors know how to think—they see the big picture, question assumptions, analyze arguments, and understand alternative perspectives.

In the 21st century, mastery of the basic skills of reading, writing, and math is no longer enough. Increasingly, almost any job that pays more than minimum wage today—both blue and white collar—requires employees who know how to solve a range of intellectual and technical problems… In addition, we face an exponential increase of readily available information, new technologies that are constantly changing, and more complex societal challenges such as global warming. Thus, work, learning, and citizenship in the 21st century demand that we all know how to think—to reason, analyze, weigh evidence, problem solve. These… are essential survival skills for all of us… Effective communication, curiosity, and critical thinking skills… are much more than just the traditional desirable outcomes of a liberal arts education. They are essential competencies and habits of mind for life in the 21st century.” Given the expected outcomes of majoring in Philosophy (described below), you might think the Philosophy faculty authored the above text in an effort to draw more students into its degree programs. Well, we of course wholeheartedly endorse the passage’s key claims; but we didn’t write it. Instead, the quotation comes from the introduction to The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need—And What We Can Do About It by Tony Wagner, Co-Director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

As Wagner correctly suggests, employers of all sorts value highly the education and training Philosophy majors acquire; accordingly, career opportunities for Philosophy majors abound. Philosophy majors know how to think—they see the big picture, question assumptions, analyze arguments, and understand alternative perspectives. They can speak and write clearly, in both expository and argumentative modes. Philosophy majors can find themselves at home in the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, the exact sciences, and in all manner of professions—for they have been trained to take up basic questions that range across all these areas. Philosophy majors have found careers in business, medicine, law, journalism, media, government, teaching, science, social services, and advocacy organizations. And of course some have gone on to graduate work in Philosophy and to academic careers as Philosophers. Speaking of graduate work, in a recent publication from The American Philosophical Association Philosophy reports on "the average score for each of the three sections in the GRE," on verbal, mathematical, and analytic reasoning, that: "Philosophy is the best performing major overall, ranking first in the verbal and analytical writing sections of the test and 19th in the quantitative portion. And these data are consistent from year to year, both before and after the recent revision of the GRE." This data is confirmed by the 2014 Magoosh Guide to GRE Scores which shows Philosophy majors score higher than students every other major on the Verbal and Analytical Writing sections. Further, on the Quantitative section, Philosophy majors score higher than almost every other major in the life sciences, social sciences, humanities and arts, education, and business.  See also a recent paper by Prof. Robert ("Rex") Welshon (UCCS) on Some Benefits of Philosophical Training

So: Philosophy majors do very well in the job market, much better than you might initially think. Indeed, a recent (2015) study found that, by mid-career, Philosophy majors earn on average over $84,000 a year—more than students majoring in (e.g.) Journalism, English Literature, Political Science, and International Relations. Granted, this could be because students who choose to major in Philosophy are brighter and more capable to begin with than students who choose to major in these other areas. But it seems likely that it is (also) because students who choose to major in Philosophy find themselves well-trained for success in a wide range of careers, thus improving their lifetime employment and earnings potential; you might recognize some famous philosophy majors in an online poster created by Daily Nous. As with most majors, your immediate post-graduation employment prospects and earnings will be determined not only by your major, but by your grades, your work experience (including internships), and your planning. For further information about employable skills after you graduate, see  Employability - Where next? Unlocking the Potential of Your Philosophy Degree