Using Your Degree
A philosophy major is excellent preparation for a career in law, medicine or teaching. There is a growing demand for doctoral-educated philosophers, especially women, to teach at the college level.
"Philosophy is the most intensely practical study, despite what anybody else tells you." — William Myers, St. Kate's professor
Combined with another interest, this major can also lead to professions in fields such as:
- Information management
- Healthcare administration
- Religious ministry
Just look at our alumnae — among them:
- Amanda Rothstein, assistant director of development at Benilde-St. Margaret's School
- Julia Lamm, associate professor of theology at Georgetown University (double major philosophy and history)
- 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
- Kristina Anderson, a philosophy and English teacher at a bilingual girls' school in Bogota, Colombia
Compared with their peers, philosophy majors score up to 5 percent higher on the Graduate Records Exam (GRE), the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), according to recent studies
St. Kate's alumnae include:
- Amy Pommerening is earning a Ph.D. in epistemology and experimental poetic forms at Purdue University.
- Elise Peterson earned a law degree at William Mitchell College of Law.
- 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 from the University of St. Thomas.
- Marilea Bramer earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Minnesota.
- 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.
- Kirsten Kringle is pursuing a Ph.D. in feminist philosophy and the philosophy of science at the University of Minnesota.
- Elizabeth Becker earned a master's degree in health behavior and health education at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.