Get the information you need for academic planning and connect with experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that employers are seeking.

This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university (refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements). Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

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    “I always had an interest in moral philosophy and ethics but part of why I really love philosophy is the challenge it provides; it’s really fun brain work. Philosophy makes you analyze and problem solve, it is difficult but despite the struggle, it is satisfying.”

    Ivy Madden, philosophy student

Philosophy at UM

As a philosophy student in the Faculty of Arts, you will learn how to use logic, language and assessment of evidence to understand the world, our place in the world, and our values. Philosophers use the tools of rigorous logic and clear conceptual analysis. Their goal is to understand things such as nature of reason, the physical universe, right and wrong, the human mind, and sometimes even the meaning of life. The study of philosophy will help you not only consider these important questions, but also improve your clarity of expression and ability to think critically. It will provide you with a general intellectual toolbox to help you understand reality and solve problems in the real world.

Skills you will gain by studying PHILOSOPHY

  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • The ability to listen carefully and accurately
  • The ability to analyze, develop and formulate logical arguments
  • The ability to think, reason and communicate well in front of an audience or group with little to no preparation (the ability to think on your feet)
  • The ability to think abstractly and critically assess evidence to understand and develop innovative solutions to complex problems, whether on your own or in a group
  • The ability to make informed decisions by thoroughly examining the consequences of various actions
  • The skills to foster and indefinitely preserve your intellectual curiosity

 

Year 1 - 30 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
Honours and Advanced:  6 credit hours at or above the 1000 level.
General:  6 credit hours at or above the 1000 level.
 

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor in the Faculty of Arts to help you plan your program.
  2. If you need academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.

CAREER TIPS


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Register for the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.
  5. Join the the philosophy Facebook group.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including Philosophy and Ethics Centre Students’ AssociationsArts Student Body Council and UMSU.
  2. Volunteer with the University of Manitoba Volunteer ProgramSafewalk, or join the Student Leadership Development Program.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-StudySTEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg and the Community Action Poverty Simulation.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Considering international opportunities?
Explore Exchange Programs through the International Centre.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit Migizii Agamik, the International Centre or learn about local agencies via Manitoba 211 https://mb.211.ca/. Join the Philosophy Student Association Mailing List to learn about upcoming events.

Year 2 - 60 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
Honours and Advanced: Refer to the academic calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

General: 3 credit hours of Philosophy at or above the 1000 level and 6 credit hours of History of Philosophy courses.

To do this year:

  1. Should you follow a 3- or 4- year plan? Meet with an academic advisor and career consultant to map out your options.
  2. When choosing a minor, take courses that will
    open opportunities.

CAREER TIPS


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student affiliate with a professional organization such as the Canadian Philosophical Association or Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science.
  4. Attend the Centre for Human Rights Lecture Series.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Explore student research opportunities: Apply for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Check out legal and social service organizations such as the John Howard Society of Manitoba and local neighbourhood associations or volunteer opportunities through Volunteer Manitoba.

Find opportunities to market yourself: Become a Faculty of Arts Student Ambassador.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider an international student exchange or Travel Study program, Philosophy Internship Abroad or an international service-learning program, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday".

Staying local? Check out the WUSC Student Refugee Program or Community Engaged Learning programs. Consider learning a new language and about a new culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.

 

Year 3 - 90 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
Honours and Advanced: Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

General: 15 credit hours of Philosophy at or above the 2000 level

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a philosophy advisor for honours
    program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).

Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as World Trade Centre Winnipeg and Stu Clark Centre fro Entrepreneurship. 
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate StudiesExtended Education or professional programs at the U of M.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Continue or start research: Participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition. Consider submitting a paper to undergraduate journals such as McMasters Perceptia or UBC’s Hemlock.

Check out student job opportunities with: Legal Aid Manitoba, social services agencies and market research firms.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as Post-Secondary Recruitment Program.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Did you travel abroad? Write an article about your experience for World W.I.S.E magazine.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Attend International Week, participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.

Year 4 - 120 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a philosophy advisor for honours
    program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.

CAREER TIPS


Start job search 9 months in advance:
Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school:
Finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Ensure you have references in place: Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Search for job opportunities online: Check out Job BankFind My JobIndeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment:
Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus or explore Manitoba Start, which offers events and free workshops for newcomers to assist their job search.

Sample Jobs

SAMPLE JOBS WITH AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE AND RELATED EXPERIENCE

OPTIONS REQUIRING OTHER EDUCATION

 

What do employers want?

Industries such as business, communications, government, health and law would value a philosophy degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Critical thinking
  • Oral and written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Continuous learning
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Digital technology
  • Industry specific knowledge

Attain skills through your classroom education by taking advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

Get one-on-one help

  • Meet with a career consultant

    Drop-in to see a career consultant for a confidential discussion about your career strategy, CV, job search and interview preparation. Drop-in sessions last 30-45 minutes and are available on a first-come, first-served basis:

    • Mon: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Tues: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Wed: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Thurs: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m

    You can also call 204-474-9456 to make an appointment at the Fort Garry or Bannatyne campus.

  • Talk to an academic advisor

    Talk to an academic advisor who will guide you to resources to help you make important decisions for your future. Advisors are specialized, often by program, faculty/school or unit.

    Find your advisor

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Department of philosophy

450 University College
220 Dysart Road
(204) 474-6878, philosophy@umanitoba.ca
umanitoba.ca/philosophy