philosophy book with coffee cupThrough the study of philosophy, you will develop the ability to think rigorously and to communicate clearly and concisely. These skills will be invaluable to you throughout the rest of your life, whether your future includes parenthood, a career in environmental activism, investment banking, business management, or any number of other opportunities you haven't yet considered.

Below you'll find just a few of the careers and graduate programs Whitman alumni have pursued in the past several years.


It's difficult to find a field in which Whitman philosophy graduates are not working—both in the United States and throughout the world. Microsoft, Expedia and Goldman Sachs are just a few of the international companies our alumni work for. Here are some of the positions philosophy graduates have taken on:

Web developer

Andrews McMeel Universal
Editorial assistant

Colorado Aquaponic
Greenhouse operations assistant

Consejo Counseling & Referral Service
Mental health therapist

Organic Products Trading
General manager and director of trade

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Campus minister

NBC Universal
Software development engineer

Brooks Automation
Director of strategic accounts

Director of community engagement

Fresno Housing Authority
Community development coordinator

Managing attorney, international programs

PSG Films
Video editor

Science journalist
Technology investor
Wellness coach
Writing consultant
Film director
User experience designer

Goldman Sachs
Investment banking division analyst

St. Louis University
Professor in health care ethics

Senior director, legal

Essex Street Academy
English teacher

Cascade Insights
Research analyst

Fresno Housing Authority
Community development coordinator

King Count District Court

Business development manager

Stanford-Kaiser Emergency Medicine
Resident physician

U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Policy analyst

Deep Vision
CEO and cofounder

Revelry Vintners
Winemaker and owner

90 Monkeys
Media and curriculum manager

Graduate Studies

61%of alumni recently surveyed had earned an advanced degree and 50% were enrolled in graduate programs

Philosophy alumni also pursue graduate degrees in many different fields, from literature and law to medicine and theology. Here are a few of the programs our graduates have completed:

Columbia University
M.F.A. in nonfiction writing

Emory University
M.A. in philosophy

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
M.A. in American studies

La Sierra University
Master of theological studies

University of Chicago
M.A. in comparative literature

University of Kentucky
Ph.D. in philosophy

University of North Carolina
Ph.D. in philosophy

University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. in materials science
Ph.D. in philosophy

University of Washington

Vanderbilt University
Ph.D. in philosophy

Willamette University