Hear what our alumni have to say about how their philosophy degree prepared them for success!

Dr. Curtis Bridgeman ('96, BA Philosophy)

"My experience majoring in philosophy at UAH prepared me extremely well for my career in the law. Lawyers have to be able to read carefully, parse detailed and difficult passages, think clearly, and argue persuasively. Most lawyers are in effect professional writers, and the students who come to law school with excellent writing skills are at a distinct advantage. My professors at UAH taught me the importance of disciplined attention to detail in both reading and writing, and the students I see as a law professor who lack such ability inevitably struggle. I completely understand why undergraduates want to see a connection between their education and a career. What many do not realize, however, is how risky it can be to choose an educational track that is too narrow, becoming credentialed in one very specific way but missing an opportunity to build a skill set that can be the foundation for an entire career in almost any arena. If someone asks you what you are going to do with your philosophy degree, tell them you will do anything you want."

Kristen Ruccio ('07, BA Philosophy & Sociology)

"I honestly cannot overstate the positive impact studying philosophy at UAH has had on my academic career. I was hired as the Assistant Director of Lower-Division Studies at GSU, in large part, due to my facility with complex theoretical concepts and constructs. I trace that ease directly to my experiences at UAH, where my professors challenged me but also gave me the personal attention so crucial to the development of undergraduate scholars. Rather than putting the concepts I learned in philosophy on a shelf, I continue to use them on an almost daily basis. UAH philosophy is a place where you can learn to thrive, too, under the guidance of some of the most published and respected philosophers in the discipline."

Caleb Duke ('15, BA Philosophy & Political Science)

"When I started my new job as a pharmaceutical sales representative, I asked my manager what it was that made him hire me, a young guy with little experience. His answer – critical thinking, problem solving, persuasion, and the ability to make sense of complex problems – made me realize how much philosophy has really taught me. Now I look forward to being asked what I'm going to do with my degree because I have finally figured out the answer: anything I want. I have learned that a degree in philosophy represents a specific set of carefully developed skills that translate to any profession."

"When I began my undergraduate studies at UAH, I knew that my ultimate goal in life was to become an attorney. What I did not know, however, was that a degree in philosophy would open more doors for me than I ever could imagine. In fact, I would not have been nearly as successful if I had chosen a different course of study. The UAH Philosophy Department curriculum provided the tools that I needed to succeed, such as argumentative tactics, abstract reasoning ability, communication techniques, and critical thinking skills. Likewise, the members of the faculty provided support and encouragement. I cannot think of a better combination, and I cannot think of a better program!"

Kristin Osmer

'06, BA Philosophy & English

"Getting my UAH philosophy degree stands out as one of my most valuable experiences, both personally and professionally. Personally, I immensely enjoyed the opinions, insights, and original thoughts of the philosophers we studied. Professionally, it provided tools that have amplified my success in a very competitive technical field. My clients need logic to dissect problems, analytical thinking to find solutions, and awareness to view issues from the macro and micro level concurrently. Understanding science helps maintain networks, but the creativity inherent to philosophy is what makes technology evolve to produce better networks. Learning about ethics provides an understanding of what motivates individuals and cultures. In an increasingly shrinking world, I interact with colleagues from a breadth of cultures, nationalities, and corporations that span every corner of the earth."

James Hodge

'14, BA Philosophy & English

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