Career Outlook

As you may have guessed, the major in philosophy has relevance to almost anything we can do; as a result, our students pursue many different career paths. Some continue to advanced degrees in philosophy (M.A. and Ph.D.) and become philosophy professors. Many others go to law school and become lawyers, judges and government officials (we have a special major to prepare for legal and public policy careers – the B.A. in Philosophy with an emphasis in Philosophy and Law). Others pursue advanced degrees and careers in religion or classical studies. We also have pre-meds amongst our students. They often opt to double major in Philosophy and Biology. Anthropology, Business, Creative Writing, Journalism and Psychology are also often doubled up with Philosophy. These students find philosophical training to be very useful for clear thinking, deep analysis, and good writing. Out B.A. programs also well prepare students for entry into SF State's nationally ranked M.A. program in philosophy.

Here is some interesting information about Philosophy majors from studies undertaken by the U.S. Department of Education:

  • On the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), philosophy majors nationwide consistently achieve among the highest scores of all majors. Philosophy majors have as good a record as Political Science majors for admission to top law schools.
  • Philosophy majors outperform all other disciplines on the verbal portion of the GRE exam, and outside the natural sciences, only philosophy and economics majors significantly beat the national average on the quantitative portion of the GRE.
  • As groups, philosophy and biology majors perform significantly better than others on the national average on the LSAT and GRE exams, and the highest performers on the GMAT exam (for business school) are philosophy, mathematics, and engineering majors.