What Our Graduates Do


What can you do with a major in Philosophy?

The Philosophy Department at Villanova offers courses and programs which enhance a variety of future careers. Courses in Philosophy can provide a strong foundation in writing, analytic skills, communication and logic. Philosophy also leads to greater self-awareness and critical acumen, as well as a nuanced understanding of others and the world around us.

Many of our majors go to law school and now have positions with law firms around the country. Some of our graduates go to graduate school in Philosophy and have careers teaching Philosophy at the college level.

Most of our majors now hold positions in professional fields such as health services, education, insurance, educational administration, public relations and state and local government. To give just a few examples, our Philosophy graduates now have careers as museum curators, community service directors, state supreme court justices and college Presidents.

Harrison Ainsworth is pursuing a Masters degree at the University of Edinburgh.

Joe Breidenstein is pursuing a PhD at Queen's University.

Kim Creel has taken a job at a life insurance company and is doing management training.

Ryan Doto is pursuing a PhD in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research.

Robert Duffy has been accepted with six years of funding to the Ph.D. program in Philosophy at Fordham University.

David Ederer, the winner of a Fulbright Foundation Scholarship, has traveled to South Korea as part of that award in order to teach English.

Eric Guzzi is working on his M.A. at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, The University of Western Ontario.

Paul Kossof has spent time visiting Shanghai and teaching English in Changsha, China. He plans to return to Shanghai to teach English or intern in a law firm. His long-term plans are to work in international law.

Kathleen McKee is pursuing a PhD in philosophy at Indiana University.

Pearl Mensah is attending graduate school here at Villanova University and is getting her master's degree in education with a concentration in teacher leadership.

Gil Morejón is currently working towards a PhD in Philosophy at DePaul University, where his research centers on the development of ethically justifiable approaches to understanding our contemporary political situation and seeking the conditions for actual social change given the truth of real unfreedom. The questions and themes that have been guiding his thought include monist materialism, transcendental logics, the violence of illegitimate syntheses, emergent phenomena and apparent causation, illuminated by readings of thinkers such as Spinoza, Deleuze, Lorde, Adorno, and more recently Land and Maimon.

Andrew Moriarty, a Fulbright Foundation finalist and recipient of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences St. Augustine Medallion, has been a member of the LANCE program and pursued a master's degree in Education at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.

Charles Myers, Phi Beta Kappa, has taken a year off but is planning on applying to graduate school.

Jamie Noonan is graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science. This summer, she will continue her internship with Cozen O'Connor. In the fall, Jamie will begin graduate school. She will be pursuing a dual J.D./MPP from George Washington University in Washington, DC. 

Greg Norcross was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania for pre-medical sciences. He is planning to pursue an MD/PhD (philosophy) double degree at UPenn or elsewhere. 

Daniel Pepe graduated from Villanova University in the Spring of 2012 with a degree in Philosophy and Classical Studies.  He is presently working toward a PhD in philosophy at DePaul University (Chicago, IL).  Daniel researches broadly within the areas of Ancient Philosophy and The Frankfurt School.

Rhodes Pinto, Phi Beta Kappa and co-recipient of the Robert Russell Medallion in Philosophy, has continued at Villanova to pursue an MA in Classics. He plans to apply to PhD programs in Philosophy.

Francis Prior is working on his M.A. in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin Ryan: PhD Philosophy, Memphis

Sarah Saladini, Phi Beta Kappa and co-recipient of the Robert Russell Medallion in Philosophy, has been studying Law at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark.

Brianna Santoli: JD, George Washington University Law School

Corinne Schneider: MA King's College London, now UPenn http://www.ircs.upenn.edu/~truesweb/people.html

Christopher Tomaszewski has accepted an offer to begin studies in the Philosophy Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign having deferred for a year an offer to begin graduate studies in Mathematics at the University of Delaware.

Michael Vazquez has been selected as a Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellow (VURF) for the summer of 2013. His project, titled "Re-discovering Ancient Conceptions of Causality - A focused study of ‘cause’ in the philosophical system of Plotinus: The One as the power of all things" seeks to draw attention to vast resource of ancient ontological systems in response to a depreciation of the wholeness and unity of the cosmos in the modern world. Information regarding  the grant can be found on the website of the Center for Undergraduate Research:





Related Programs

Each semester, faculty in our Department teach courses that cross disciplinary and institutional boundaries, bringing the study of Philosophy into dialog with institutes, departments, centers and programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. These disciplines and institutions include:

Augustinian Institute

Cognitive Science Program

Computer Science Department

Sociology and Criminal Justice Department

Geography and the Environment Department

Ethics Program

Honors Program

Center for Liberal Education

Center for Peace and Justice Education

Women’s Studies Program

Faculty in the Department also regularly bring the study of Philosophy into dialog with courses they teach for inmates at Graterford Prison.