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Career Advice for Prospective Students

What can you do with a degree in philosophy?

Like the other majors in the faculty, all philosophy majors will graduate with a Bachelors of Arts. An Arts degree is a general degree that will allow you to pursue a wide range of careers, such as advertising, business, human resource, marketing, politics, policy planning, sales, teaching, writing, and so on.

What this course in philosophy gives you, in particular, is a set of analytical skills that you can use to apply to any situation, in any career. Philosophy doesn’t just teach you to think – philosophy teaches you how to think clearly. Philosophy teaches you how to analyse ideas, how to detect the hidden assumptions behind them, and how to make thorough decisions in a complex world where many issues are not as clear as black and white.

These skills are especially valued in many sectors of the civil service as well as in the corporate world. The options that philosophy is able to provide is so vast that we have alumni pursuing a variety of careers such as business, banking and finance, human resource, policy planning (for both the government and corporations), journalism and writing, theatre and the arts, IT, and even starting their own businesses.

A degree in philosophy can be the very stepping stone to helping you pursue what you want to do.

Academic Advising Programme for Current Majors

The objective of the academic advising programme is to ensure that all philosophy majors will receive adequate advice to help them:
• match their interests with the available philosophy modules
• strategically plan the modules they will take to achieve the best possible education during their time at NUS and to complete their studies in a timely manner
• find resources to resolve academic and personal problems.

The advising process also helps faculty members get to know their majors better, receive informal feedback which could be taken into account in curriculum development, planning and other aspects of how the department fulfills its educational responsibilities.

Every philosophy major is assigned a faculty member as her academic advisor. Students are also free to seek advice from any other faculty members with whom she has developed good rapport through modules she has taken. Assigning an adviser is intended to make it easier for shy students to have someone they could approach for advice without feeling that they are imposing on the faculty member. Students should not feel obligated to avail themselves of the advising if they prefer to be left alone.

Advisers could advise on the following:
• To help students understand the major requirements
• To guide students in choosing philosophy modules that fit their interests, that will challenge them intellectually, while offering them a chance to expand their interests
• To help students think through and work towards their academic and career goals
• To help students with any problems that they may experience within the Philosophy program itself
• To put students in touch with others who may be of assistance with regards to questions and problems outside their major and the department.

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