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Brandon E. Polite

Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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By studying philosophy, you learn to analyze abstract ideas, argue logically, and confirm or challenge a thesis. These skills have proven highly effective in graduate programs and professional schools as well as in business. Among alumni who majored in philosophy are the following:

Some are pursuing their education...

  • Ph.D. Student in Philosophy, Fordham University, Anya Wang ’17
  • Ph.D. Student in Philosophy, University of Cincinnati, Maxwell Gatyas ’14

Some go into criminal justice and law …

  • Public Safety Officer, Glencoe Public Safety. Derek Mortensen ’14
  • Assistant State Attorney, County of Macon (IL). Benjamin Mullison '10
  • Partner, Behr, McCarter & Potter, P.C. Joel Christensen '06

Some work in business and management...

  • Operations Manager, Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research. Nat Klaung ’16
  • Market Structure Analyst, Rosenblatt Securities, Inc. Alex Kemmsies '09
  • Vice President Human Resources, Discovery Health Partners. Philip Garrison '87

Some go into education...

  • Writing Instructor, University of Chicago. Nicholas Nurre ’18
  • Content and Curriculum Coordinator, Helios. Elena Lusk ’18
  • HR Recruitment Coordinator, Harvard University School of Medicine. William Budding ’13
  • High School History Teacher, Chicago Public Schools. Kevin Quirk ’10
  • Associate Professor of Population Health Program and John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre,
  • University of Alberta. Laura Shanner '86. Alberta, Canada

And some have found success in other fields...

  • Staff Writer, Youth Economist. Andy Veloz ’20
  • SEO Optimization Manager, SearchLabs. Andrew Marr ’16
  • Full Stack Developer, BestPracticer. James Sheppard ’14
  • Aviation Technical Writer II, Garmin. Matthew Elkin ’13

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Philosophy Alumni Working in Related Field

Top Occupations of Philosophy Alumni

  1. Postsecondary Teachers
  2. Chief Executives
  3. Personal Service Managers
  4. Lawyers
  5. Editors
  6. Operations Managers


Estimated Salary of Alumni with Philosophy Degrees

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Printed on Thursday, April 25, 2024