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Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

Transferable Skills

What can a degree in philosophy do for you?  

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Critical Thinking Skills

· Deductive reasoning

· Evidence evaluation

· Curiosity and creativity

· Understanding both differences between and relation of specific and general ideas.

· Identification, analysis, and evaluation of arguments

Leadership and Administrative Skills

· Ability to organize concepts and textual evidence

· Sharpened understanding of diverse points of view.

· Conflict resolution

· Ability to work in teams

· Learning to criticize others in a productive manner.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

· Balanced skill of passionate and dispassionate dialogue

· Sharpened professional writing skills.

· Oral presentations

· Ability to communicate across differences

· Accepting critical feedback

Research Skills

· Ability to use scholarly search engines

· Ability to cite sources

· Ability to evaluate the strength of sources

· Ability to avoid plagiarism

· Resourcefulness

Skills in Assessing Values

· Learning multiple ways to navigate morally problematic situations

· Learning the relationship between culture and values

Specialized Skills

· Close reading of texts

· The Socratic method

· Understanding symbolic logic

· Increased philosophical vocabulary