in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Alternatives to the PhD

Many of our graduate students go on to PhD programs in philosophy, but many others have found rewarding careers that put their philosophical skills to use in other ways.  In each of the following categories, we have listed possible contacts who are either graduates of our program, or who are familiar with the discipline of philosophy and our department.


Chris Green, Associate Professor of Law and H.L.A. Hart Scholar in Law and Philosophy at the University of Mississippi School of Law

Michael Hoffheimer, Professor of Law and Leonard B. Melvin Lecturer at the University of Mississippi School of Law

Community College Teaching

Jessica Boyd (MA 2007), teacher at St. Charles Community College

Dana Updegrove (MA 2008), teacher at Bellevue College

Gregory Smith (MA 2007), teacher at Walters State Community College

Secondary Education

Mark Ortwein, Assistant Professor of Education at University of Mississippi

Library Studies

Chuck Hodgin (MA 2013), Assistant Professor for Systems & Collection Management at Belmont University Library

Nathan Howe (MA 2009), Professional Assistant- Interlibrary Loan at Jackson Hinds Library System

Computer Science

Pamela Lawhead, Emeritus Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Mississippi

Websites with more Information

The American Philosophical Association offers a handbook on non-academic careers

The Daily Nous lists philosophers who have landed jobs outside the academy

Inside Higher Ed collects blog posts that offer non-academic career advice