Freshman

Course Selection

  • You must take either a 1000-level core (any core philosophy class) or 2970 (Gateway Seminar) prior to taking a 3000-level class.
  • These courses are designed primarily to develop critical reading and writing skills, and to prepare you for upper-level work in philosophy

Ask for Assistance

  • Be sure that you start your time at Auburn well by regularly meeting with your academic advisors and consult them when you have concerns about admission to particular classes or need more information about class requirements
  • Individual planning and advisor guidance can ensure you are off to a strong start

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Gain Experience

  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your résumé.
  • You are encouraged to attend departmental colloquia as well as conferences to gain professional exposure.

Get Involved

  • Auburn Philosophy Club is the Department’s undergraduate organization. The organization sponsors frequent panel discussions at local coffee houses where broad and controversial philosophical topics are discussed.
  • Seek out student organizations catering to your individual interests by utilizing AUInvolve

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • Continue with your plan of study as determined by you and your academic advisor

Ask for Assistance

  • Take advantage of Study Partners, SI sessions, and the academic coaching in the Office of Academic Support.
  • The Miller Writing Center can help with your writing assignments and all other writing assistance you may need.
  • You are encouraged to meet with a faculty advisor or with the Department Chair regularly.

Gain Experience

  • Use LinkedIn to identify past graduates in your major and set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.

Get Involved

  • Join Phi Sigma Tau (the Philosophy honor society), which has an active Auburn chapter.

Junior

Course Selection

  • You must take two 3000-level courses prior to taking 4970 (senior seminar).
  • The 3000-level courses provide general background in philosophy, covering its major areas as well as its history

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with someone in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance
  • Junior year is the time to start planning for graduate school.
  • Begin exploring program options and prep for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Be sure to note if your intended program requires a subject specific GRE.

Gain Experience

  • Getting an internship is a great way to add experience to a résumé.
  • The Department supports trips for students to the American Philosophical Association conference (usually in Chicago) and to the Alabama Philosophical Society Conference (in Pensacola).

Get Involved

  • If pursuing graduate education, get involved with undergraduate research opportunities
  • Pursue leadership roles in your organizations to exercise and enhance your communication skills.

Senior

Course Selection

  • 4970 serves as the department’s capstone course, and is a course in which you will apply the skills you have developed to a more advanced topic in philosophy

Ask for Assistance

  • Ask the University Career Center (UCC) for help in preparing your curriculum vitae (CV) and statement of intent.
  • Identify your reference letter writers early for graduate school or the job search and provide them with plenty of notice

Gain Experience

  • If you are interested in government and politics, consider pursuing a congressional internship in D.C. through the Auburn on the Hill program.

Get Involved

  • Connect with AU alumni and stakeholders to enhance professional opportunities

General Information

Entry into the applicant pool for many positions in the field of philosophy, requires some form of advanced education. Masters level work in related/specialty area may be sufficient for some, but a Ph.D. is required in many research positions or to become a professor.

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Interests

Holland's Code: AIE

  • Artistic
  • Investigative
  • Enterprising

Personality

Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ENTP

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

Values

  • Achievement
  • Independence
  • Recognition

Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Instruction
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking

Job and Internship Opportunities

RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Philosophy Majors

Meet your Career Contacts

University Career Center Liaison

Tasheila Williams-Townsend, EdS

Interim Associate Director, Career Development

tjw0024@auburn.edu

Make an Appointment

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Last modified: September 30, 2021