Using Your Degree

This page will help you understand the ways your Philosophy degree has helped you to become career-ready. Read more about the skills you have developed studying Philosophy, and develop the confidence to talk to others about what you know you can do because of your studies.

How your CHSS degree prepares you for a career of your choice

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at George Mason University is the home of the University’s liberal education curriculum. This curriculum focuses on students’ intellectual and personal development, providing them with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) and subject matter expertise through in-depth study in a specific area of interest.

Employers agree that those who succeed academically within their field, but also possess a broad knowledge base in other areas, are more desirable employees. The education CHSS provides for all students, helps them develop necessary transferable skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

A CHSS education is essential for Mason students’ success in a global economy, preparing them to navigate complexity, diversity, and change. Students develop a sense of social responsibility and for informed citizenship.  

Adapted from “What Is a Liberal Education?” Association of American Colleges & Universities. https://www.aacu.org/leap/what-is-a-liberal-education.

Philosophy majors know...

  • how to ask and engage with some of life’s most important and difficult questions, such as how we should live and what constitutes a good life, both for individuals and for the communities of which they are a part.
  • the history of ideas, and can use that to identify the deep structures within dominant social, cultural and political forms. They will be effective contributors to public policy as well as to social and political analysis
  • how to analyze and interpret complex texts, explain complicated ideas in their own words, and express their views in clear, well-argued writing. They will be effective analysts who are adept at assessing and communicating complex information
  • how to address hard problems and challenging issues, including some of the most pressing social, moral and political concerns that face us today. They will develop the intellectual tools to formulate their own responses to these issues, and will be used to negotiating disagreement and debate
  • reason well and can evaluate the reasoning of others. They will be good at distinguishing between good and bad arguments and identifying attempts to manipulate opinion. This will equip them to contribute to public debate in an increasingly media-driven society

Philosophy majors can...

  • consider diverse viewpoints by studying how different thinkers have attempted to answer these questions
  • identify the structures embedded in dominant social, cultural and political forms
  • analyze and interpret complex texts
  • communicate complicated ideas in clear, well-argued writing.
  • formulate responses to pressing social, moral and political concerns
  • negotiate disagreement and debate in addressing complex issues and developing solutions
  • contribute effectively to public policy social and political analysis through a familiarity with the history of ideas
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