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Career Outcomes

Department Chair

Brandon E. Polite

Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7310

bpolite@​knox.edu

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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...

  • Graduate Student, Fordham University. Anya Wang '17.
  • Graduate Student, University of Maryland College Park. Nat Baldino '15.
  • Law Student, Lewis & Clark College. James Smart '15.
  • Ph.D. Student in Philosophy, University of Arkansas Fayetteville. Maxwell Gatyas '14.

Some work in business and management...

  • Vice President, Rosenblatt Securities, Inc. Alex Kemmsies '09.
  • Vice President Human Resources, Discovery Health Partners. Philip Garrison '87.
  • President, Hyperl/O, LLC Storage. Thomas West '74. Boulder, Colorado.
  • Vice President, The Northern Trust Company. Daniel Barron '71. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Retired Senior Vice President Ombudsman, McDonald’s Corporation. John Cooke '52. Oak Brook, Illinois.

Some go into education...

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, Brandon Polite '03.
  • Philosophy Teacher, University of Minnesota Rochester. Jacob Wright '03.
  • Associate Professor of Population Health Program and John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, University of Alberta. Laura Shanner '86. Alberta, Canada.
  • President, Alliant International University. Geoffrey Cox '77.
  • Director, Bureau of Education Services, University of Georgia. Michael Short '73. Athens, Georgia.
  • Professor of Philosophy, Emory University. Donald Verene '59. Atlanta, Georgia.

And some have found success in other fields...

  • Associate, Heavner, Beyers & Mihlar, LLC. Benjamin Mullison '10.
  • Partner, Behr, McCarter & Potter, P.C. Joel Christensen '06.
  • Executive Advertiser, Icon. Adam E. Robinson '97. Coralville, Iowa.
  • Editor, Indonesia Publications. John MacDougall '81. Lanham-Seabrook, Missouri.
  • Deputy Director, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. William Seith '81. Springfield, Illinois.
  • Media Relations Manager, Office of Public Relations, Knox College. Peter Bailley '74. Galesburg, Illinois.
  • Public Defender, State of Connecticut. Joan Leonard '66. New Have, Connecticut.

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Printed on Monday, January 20, 2020