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Career Preparation

Students who excel in philosophy have many career options. Two natural options are to study philosophy in graduate school and then become a professor in philosophy or to go to law school and then become a lawyer.

But what else? Given that training in philosophy results in a heightened ability to reason critically and write well regardless of the topic, you have many additional career options.

Business is also a great career avenue — take the department’s Wetzler Award for Achievement in Philosophy. It was funded by a former TCU philosophy major who went on to have an extremely successful career in business and who credited that success in large part to his training in philosophy.

Our graduates have gone on to succeed as campus ministers, attorneys, pastors, psychologists, doctors and professors.

Here are a few examples:

  • Assistant professor, New York University
  • Professor and scholar on ethics, Drury College and Aarhus University (Denmark)
  • Assistant criminal district attorney, Jefferson County
  • District director and campaign manager, Texas State Representative Mark Shelton
  • President, GlobalMarc
  • Pastor, Catholic Church
  • Captain, U.S. Army
  • Secondary education teacher, Teach for America


Career Services

At TCU, you’ll have access to a career consultant who works exclusively with AddRan students. Schedule one-on-one meetings with your career coach who will assess and analyze what you need most. You’ll learn how courses, internships and service projects can broaden the experience on your resume. Learn more about everything career services has to offer your major.

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Terrence Hood
Career Consultant to AddRan College of Liberal Arts

For more information about job opportunities, please visit the Center for Career & Professional Development.

Center for Career & Professional Development


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