in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Careers & Alumni

What can philosophy majors do after graduation? Meet a few…

Eleanor Vernon Ruffner

Eleanor Vernon Ruffner, Founding partner at Ruffner Schoenbaum PLLC in Austin, Texas

“Studying philosophy made me a disciplined thinker. I think of my job as identifying legal solutions for my …



Ashlee Rogers, Senior Project Manager at Razor IT Solutions

“The decision to pursue a philosophy degree from the University of Mississippi was easy. Previously, I had …



Charles Griffin, Attorney at Butler Snow LLP

“I became interested in a degree in philosophy because I enjoyed playing logical games and …



Stewart Bryson, Cofounder & Chief Customer Officer of Qualytics

“As an owner of a company, I wear a lot of different hats… sales, marketing, leadership, product …



Eleanor C. Anthony, Privacy & Cybersecurity Attorney in the San Francisco Bay area

“Choosing to study philosophy was one of the most important decisions I ever made. After spending …



Robert L. Barber, Sr., Founding Partner, Orion Planning Group, a national city planning consulting firm

“My philosophy education has provided an enduring foundation for my entire professional life, and in …


illustration of "The Thinker" Graphic shows percent of alums working in different sectors: 8% in Community/Non-profit; 9% in Business/Finance; 12% in Higher Ed; 13% in Govt/Military; 17% in STEM; 18% in Law

Philosophy Careers

A liberal arts education empowers and prepares students to deal with complexity and change through a broad knowledge of the world. They gain key skills in communication, problem-solving, and working with a diverse group of people.

Philosophy majors clarify their own beliefs, develop a basis for ethical decisions, and formulate a coherent approach to life. They learn how to think logically, analyze problems, assess proposed solutions, communicate clearly, conduct research, and think creatively and imaginatively.

Related careers include law, STEM, government and military, higher education, business and finance, and community and non-profit.


Our graduates are …

  • Assistant US Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Federal Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • Physician, North Mississippi Medical Center
  • Global Physician, Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric
  • President, South Coast Oil Corporation
  • Digital Analyst, Healthgrades
  • Appropriations Committee Staff, United State Senate
  • Colonel, U.S. Air Force
  • Director of City Planning, Tupelo
  • Network Architect, FedEx
  • Faculty, Alabama-Birmingham, Cal State-Long Beach, Wesley College, Mississippi State, Miami, Dade
  • Law Faculty, University of Texas, Lewis & Clark
  • Teacher, Madison Central High School
  • Superintendent, Vicksburg Warren School District
  • Director, Aloha Foundation
  • Senior Health Care Fellow, Mathematica
  • Pastor, North Helm Baptist Church
  • Cofounder, Emmett Till Interpretive Center

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