Your degree in Philosophy


While studying Philosophy, you’re learning how to use curiosity and logic to go beyond face-value assumptions and challenge accepted wisdom. You’ll develop important skills grounded in analytic philosophy, with a focus on the philosophy of mind, history and philosophy of science, value theory, and history of philosophy.

These skills may include:

  • Recognition and articulation of fundamental questions about what exists, what we can know, and how we should live our lives
  • Acknowledgement of underrepresented points of view and ways of knowing 
  • Identification and application of research methods used to articulate and defend precise philosophical positions 
  • Rigorous reasoning showing sensitivity to issues of translation, textual transmission, and the historical and cultural context in which philosophical ideas develop
  • Public speaking and debating that demonstrate critical and reflective thinking, problem solving, and carefully reasoned arguments
  • Persuasive expression of views and anticipation or refutation of objections
  • Clear and concise written communication illustrating rational and logical thinking
  • Application of philosophical learning to important public issues and the ability to articulate the value these perspectives add

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including education, government, non-profit, business, law, health, publishing, media, the arts, consulting, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Advertising coordinator

Appraiser 

Archivist

Bibliographer

Bioethicist

Charitable organization director

Communications specialist

Communications policy researcher

Community development worker

Computer programmer

Copywriter

Counsellor

Curator

Documentarian/Filmmaker

Elections officer

Filmmaker

Financial planner

Fundraiser/Grant writer

Foreign service officer

Human resources manager

Human rights officer

Immigration officer

Intelligence analyst

Intelligence investigator

International development worker

Journalist

Judicial clerk

Labour organizer

Labour relations mediator

Lawyer

Librarian

Lobbyist

Media/Information consultant

Mediator

News analyst

Paralegal

Parliamentary assistant

Patent agent

Public opinion interviewer

Public relations specialist

Social policy researcher

Social worker

Student affairs professional

Speech writer

Student affairs and employment officer

Teacher/Professor

Technical writer

Tourism consultant

Urban and Land Use Planning

Writer

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Philosophy Students’ Association
Meet other UBC students through events and programs. 

Departmental events
Follow the UBC Department of Philosophy on social media to stay up-to-date on news and events.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Philosophy alumni profiles
Learn about what Philosophy graduates are doing now.

Philosophy Essay Clinic
Seek out feedback and improve your philosophical writing skills.

UBC Philosophy Colloquia
Meet with fellow Philosophy students and faculty to learn about and discuss new topics from a variety of guest speakers.

SFU’s Philosophers’ Café
Join other students, scholars and community members for philosophical discussions that are open to the public.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
Develop new skills and gain practical knowledge in a heritage field over the summer.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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