Humanities & Culture

Department of Philosophy

Ann Swerdfager is not only a publicity director and writer, she's also a Literature and Critical Theory grad.

Ann Swerdfager (B.A.,1984) is the head of public relations for the Stratford Festival, North America's leading classical theatre company. Her previous work experience includes working as senior producer of regional new media for CBC, and writing a lifestyle television series which aired on HGTV and Food Network Canada. Read more about Ann on LinkedIn.

What do employers value about Department of Philosophy graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 90% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $40,619/year upon entering the workforce. 63% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Philosophy alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication in these industries: 

  • Education 
  • Research 
  • Media and Communication 
  • Healthcare Services 
  • Consulting 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Engineering 
  • Operations 
  • Information Technology 
  • Program and Project Management

graduate or professional school

A Philosophy degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Business 
  • Economics
  • Political Science 
  • Technology Studies
  • Education

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options.

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience. 
Attend a Career Centre workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your industry.  

Hone your skills through a writing for research program and a philosophy essay clinic.

Participate in World Philosophy Day and a undergraduate conference organized by your student union.

Submit work for publication in the student journal.