The philosophy major is designed to teach you how to be an incisive logical thinker, a strong writer and oral communicator, and a conscientious citizen. A degree in philosophy can be an excellent asset to your professional career.
Read our alumni profiles to see how their philosophy major or minor has helped advance their careers.
After graduating from SJU, Gia spent time in publishing, and managed three medical journals. For the past year, she has been working as a Project Manager at inScience Communications, a subdivision of Springer-Nature Publishing. Gia is planning to earn some project management credits in order to prepare for a project management certification. The PMP is the gold-standard in project management and is accepted in a wide variety of fields.
Ms. Montemuro is grateful for her experience in the Philosophy Department at SJU–without the background in thinking and expressing herself clearly, she would not be where she is today–in both her career or in her personal life.
Waynesboro, Pa., native Michael R. McDonald is a third-year student at Penn Law School, and the editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. McDonald studied philosophy as an undergrad at Saint Joseph’s University and says his gravitation toward law was “gradual.” After working for a year at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group in
Washington, D.C., he joined Rosemont College in Montgomery County, working in campus ministry.
McDonald is currently doing an externship at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York City. After graduating in May, he will serve for a year as a law clerk to the Honorable Analisa Torres of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, followed by another year as a clerk for the Honorable Michael Chagares of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. “I’m very excited about that,” he says. “It’s an honor and I’m very much looking forward to it. Everyone who clerks says it’s the best experience of their professional lives.”
Program Director, Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives at University of Notre Dame
An essay from the March 2015 issue of America magazine was written by one of our former students, Jessica Keating, who graduated from SJU with a double major in philosophy and sociology. After leaving SJU, she taught for two years on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. She then completed a M.Div. degree in the Theology Department at Notre Dame, where she now works as the Director of their Office of Human Dignity and Life Initiatives.
Jeffrey Petrosky joins Romero Center Ministries as Director of the Urban Challenge Program. A native of Philadelphia and graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, Jeff recently returned to the area after several years living and working in the Midwest and overseas. Jeff hopes to combine an academic and practical background in social justice studies with a diverse resume of business experience to serve the Romero Center Ministries, its many guests, and the people of Camden.
Based in Camden, NJ, Romero Center Ministries provides Catholic education and retreat experiences inspired by Archbishop Oscar Romero’s prophetic witness.
While studying law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law, Tim served first as Staff Editor then as a Note/Comment Editor for the Temple Law Review.
Prior to graduating from Temple Law, Tim served as Judicial Extern for the Honorable Christopher C. Conner, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and interned for Judge Robert Kugler in the United States District of New Jersey.
Prior to law school, Tim had two careers – the first working on- site at several U.S. Open Golf Championships and the second working for a set design company serving the music and event industries. When not working, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and son, watching movies, playing soccer and all aspects of eating – going to restaurants, cooking at home, and even doing the dishes.