Using Your Degree

Using Your Degree

"Philosophy is the most intensely practical study, despite what anybody else tells you."

 — William Myers, professor emeritus of philosophy, St. Catherine University


Philosophy is one of the most effective majors for enhancing your perspective and advancing your career because of the rational, analytical and communications skills it builds. The major also is excellent preparation for a career in law, medicine or teaching, and there is a growing demand for doctoral-educated philosophers, especially women, to teach at the college level.

Philosophy also can be combined with another interest and lead to professions in fields such as:

  • Communication
  • Information management
  • Business
  • Healthcare administration
  • Religious ministry and
  • Government

Our alumnae are accomplished professionals. Among them:

  • Kristina Anderson, a philosophy and English teacher at a bilingual girls' school in Bogota, Colombia
  • Ginamarie Caya, a lawyer in Alaska and a former legal intern at the San Francisco Public State Defender's Office (double major, philosophy and critical studies of race and ethinicity)
  • Monica Greenwell Janzen, a part-time philosophy instructor at Hennepin Technical College
  • Julia Lamm, associate professor of theology at Georgetown University (double major, philosophy and history)
  • Amanda Rothstein, assistant director of development at Benilde-St. Margaret's School

Graduate School

Compared with their peers, philosophy majors score up to 5 percentage points higher on the Graduate Records Exam (GRE), the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), according to recent studies.

In addition, as an undergraduate you can earn credits in three St. Catherine graduate programs: Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL).

Our alumnae who are pursuing or have completed graduate study include:

  • Elizabeth Becker earned a master's degree in health behavior and health education at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
  • Marilea Bramer earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Minnesota.
  • Kate Brantingham completed a master's degree in international relations at the University of Kent, England.
  • Heather Holldorf received a master's degree in counseling psychology at the University of St. Thomas.
  • Kirsten Kringle is pursuing a Ph.D. in feminist philosophy and the philosophy of science at the University of Minnesota.
  • Elise Peterson earned a law degree at William Mitchell College of Law.
  • Amy Pommerening is earning a Ph.D. in epistemology and experimental poetic forms at Purdue University.
  • Nicole Thompson completed a master's degree in history from the University of Notre Dame and a master's in education from the University of St. Thomas.