Double major - Philosophy and ?

<p>I am considering double majoring in philosophy and something else. A lot of people say that a philosophy degree with not get a person very far. I have a passion for philosophy, so I am not willing change my major just because of that. What would be a good second major that somewhat correlates with philosophy?</p>

<p>Also, if anyone that has majored in philosophy is reading this, what is your current occupation? Do you think you make enough money to sustain a good living? Did you go to graduate school? </p>

<p>Thanks in advance!</p>

<p>Math would be a good major. Some schools even have special programs in them.</p>

<p>LOL. I think I'm avoiding math. =( I think that's one of the reasons why I'm not majoring in business.</p>

<p>Art maybe? Business doesn't require that much math. Maybe three courses max. Accounting, marketing, economics, etc. math is not too difficult.</p>

<p>I have considered philisophy and religious studies. There is also humanities/anthropology/archaeology, or folklore.</p>

<p>i'd say economics</p>

<p>English and classics complement philosophy very well.</p>

<p>Does anyone know any possible occupations.. besides becoming a professor?</p>

<p>You can do just about anything with a philosophy major. You just have to work harder at finding that first position. Keep your grades up, get meaningful internships in a career you would like to pursue, and everything should be alright. Career paths are not as clear cut as business, engineering, science, etc. majors.</p>

<p>the wealth with you, I would highly recommend majoring in something practical along with philosophy. There's not much you can do with philosophy career-wise. I majored in it and was pretty much unemployed for a year. I had to get a certificate in a practical field before I landed my current job. My salary's in the low 30s. </p>

<p>I know someone here on CC will mention the friend they had who majored in philosophy at Princeton and ended up getting a cushy finance job and made millions before the current financial mess, yadda yadda yadda.</p>

<p>See, the thing about anectodes like that is that they don't apply to the average college graduate. If you're a fairly average student coming from a non-HYP type of school, philosophy's not going to help you secure a job. </p>

<p>You said you don't like math. The only practical field I can think of is nursing. There's also business as veryspoiled mentioned. That's the route I'm going to be pursuing (accounting). I highest level math you'll probably encounter for a bare bones business degree is calc. Some of the fancier programs go into linear algebra and multi variable calc.</p>

<p>If you want to travel, perhaps getting certified in english teaching?</p>

<p>Average</a> LSAT Scores for 29 Majors with over 400 Students Taking the Exam</p>

<p>Philosophy majors perform very well on the LSATs if your interested in Law School, which would provide some good career opportunities.</p>

<p>I heard there's a surplus of lawyers... :&lt;/p>

<p>Yeah, and law school will also saddle you with tons of debt. Not a good choice if you don't actually want to be a lawyer unless you have that kind of money to throw around, which I'm guessing you don't.</p>

<p>What kind of job do you see yourself wanting after graduation? What kind of work experience do you have? What are you good at? Maybe try browsing job-listing websites and seeing what kind of entry level opportunities interest you, then start to look at what kind of academic preparation those employers are looking for.</p>

may i ask.. did you have any internships or any other concentrations besides philosophy when you were in school?</p>

<p>Philosophy and Economics</p>

<p>4321234, religion was my other concentration. I obtained a summer job after my freshman year and struggled to find meaningful work or internships for the subsequent summers afterwards. Post-college consisted of a string of minimum wage, dead end, high school level jobs before I went back to school and secured my current job.</p>

<p>My failure to secure internships doomed me, but philosophy didn't make it easier. If finances are a concern, say you have parents to help out or younger siblings to partially support, I would generally advise against majoring solely in philosophy. Like literature, it's a subject you can kind of pick up on your own so if you possess a passion for it, there are ways other than majoring in it to keep engaged.</p>

<p>A philo major probably has to work harder, write more persuasive cover letters, interview better, etc. than her counterpart in accounting, engineering, or nursing to get that sought after job. </p>

<p>Of course, having skills like fluency in a foreign language or programming always helps, but it seems to me an employer will expect you to have more to offer like these skills to "compensate" for your major. In other words, it might be viewed as a handicap (perceived lack of skills), that the burden of proof falls on you to show that you're qualified in spite of your major.</p>

<p>Having said all of this, I got lucky because my boss has a deep interest in philosophy, and he was very impressed when he saw on my resume that I majored in philosophy. I don't expect this to be the norm though.</p>

<p>Do you like science? There's always that route.</p>

<p>See thread on CC regarding practicality of Philosophy major, and a great article in the first post about its virtues in a New York Times article.</p>

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<p>"A lot of people say that a philosophy degree with not get a person very far."
Alas, sadly " a lot of people" these days are stupid.</p>

<p>Is there any success by majoring in philo. while not attending schools like HPY?</p>