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I'm going for a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Business Administration. I'm not interested in a particular field, but I'd like to know if it would make me more hirable overall. Thank you in advance.

Topic: Choosing a Major | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Majoring in philosophy helps you to think and to reason. It will help you get into graduate school, if you decide to do that. If you go straight into the work force and they don't know what a philosophy major entails, you can tell them what I mentioned above. The good thing about a philosophy major is that it is inherently flexible; with it, you can enter into any number of different fields, business included. I think it's wise to minor in an area that you think you might actually work in, at least so it tells employers that you know the basics of the business world.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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I would recommend talking to a career consular to find out in depth what your interests are since you mentioned that you are unsure of what degree field you are interests in. If you are in high school you can meet with your consular and figure out your potentials or if you are out of college. You can check with your local community college where you can find information on the type of fields that are available.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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I would recommend looking into a community college first, since you mentioned that you are unsure of your degree field. Many community college offers a career center where you can speak with a adviser where they can help you choose the correct degree that you may be interested in. Then when you finally choose what field you are interested in, then you can choose you can transfer your classes over to the school that you are interested in.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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Having a minor in Business Administration will definitely help. This is especially true if you look to get into a management role. A general understanding of business helps in other roles, too. Diverse areas include, such as sales and marketing. Given the unspecific nature of the Philosophy degree, you might land a position in any number of fields.

Answered by: Criterion Y. | about 4 years ago
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A minor in Business Administration would likely make you at least a little more hirable in most fields. You should not extend studies to complete the minor beyond a semester, though. Many employers, especially in large corporations, value employees who have some knowledge of how to manage. Experience in business administration would show you have the potential to be a team player or leader, if need be. This would be beneficial in just about any field.

Answered by: Ra Ncor202 C. | about 4 years ago
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A BA in Philosophy with a minor in Business Administration will allow employers to take a good look at your resume. By adding the Business Administration credits, you can apply for jobs outside of your Major. Most students get a Business Administration degree to be able to have options for jobs. A Business Management degree can also be a great minor to choose. This can help you get into management positions faster.

Answered by: Opal O. | about 4 years ago
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I would highly recommend that you reconsider you major. If you have no interest in this field for your major, or your minor you may find that the courses are more and more difficult to attend each week. If the courses do not interest you in the least, it's hard to keep up your attendance and grades over time. Do some research on fields that do interest you. Take a career assessment test to give you an idea of a few careers that may interest you. You can find a major that interests you and is also very marketable now and in the future. Just commit time to finding out what that is.

Answered by: Upallnight I. | about 4 years ago
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Any type of degree will definitely make employers more willing to hire you. However, I recommend studying something you enjoy. You don't want to get stuck with a job you absolutely hate!

Answered by: Iamerica N. | about 4 years ago
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Anytime you diversify yourself you are increasing your chances of being hired. However, it has less to do with the title of your major and minor and more to do with the experiences and interests you have attained from earning those degrees. Many people go on to jobs that have absolutely nothing to do with their college degree. Maintaining a high GPA is essential to getting a good job, after that, the type of degree doesn't really matter as long as it is not a specialized job field like engineering or medicine. I think you should go for it, but only if you are really interested in what you are learning about. Success is driven by your willingness to do the work and stay positive about what you are learning, and this will be easier taking classes you enjoy. Don't choose a degree just because you think it's what you have to do.

Answered by: Sberrywoman16 Y. | about 4 years ago
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I'm assuming you're referring to the minor in Business Administration. It could be helpful because you often learn skills that are useful for a lot of different jobs, but if you really don't know what you want to do, then it may not be worth it. If you are planning to go into the business world, a really broad business minor could be more useful. The Philosophy major gives you the tools to think critically, but many employers are looking for something more specific and more directly related.

Answered by: Ilovecollege E. | about 4 years ago
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Going to the field in which you are not interested will be just a waste of time and gains you nothing.Its better to choose the way in which you are interested and complete the graduation in it and that designs your career wonderfully.

Answered by: Goujdas Z. | about 4 years ago
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It could definately give you an edge over other candidates applying the same job in the philosophy field. It wont be a huge advantage, but at least it will be one. I do strongly recommend you minor in Business Administration with any degree. That gives you the ability to apply to many more jobs. It makes you much more versatile and much more likely to be successful, because no mattter what there will never be a shortage in jobs in business administartion.

Answered by: Thegreatesthumphrey J. | about 4 years ago
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Ultimately, any degree's you get will help make you more hirable in the workforce. Having a mix such as yours gives you greater leeway in career possibilities further on. At the least, it shows a employer that you were/are willing to go the extra mile to learn something. Every little bit helps.

Answered by: College Student123 T. | about 4 years ago
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If it is a possibility, try getting a major in Bachelor of Business Administration and a minor in BA Philosohy. That will increase your chances of employment in any industry and make you more hirable. This will also teach you more as you go along and you can pursue your Masters after gaining work experience.

Answered by: Marshavaz Y. | about 4 years ago
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It is definitely a good idea. It will also give you a jump start, if you find you ever want to get an MBA. It will make you more well rounded, which is something that employers are always looking for!

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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Flip them around. A good Business Admin. Degree will get you offers and traction and eventually a decent salary. A BA in Philosophy is useful in few fields. It's by no means useless though. If you think you will go into teaching or law, for example, that Philosophy BA can help. However, law is school is difficult and teaching will keep you poor so unless you have a passion for one of these professions they may not be for you. Find what you do have a passion for. You can always change a major later, look for something you feel you could immerse yourself in and then talk to a trusted professor.

Answered by: Indogitrust F. | about 4 years ago
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Going to the field in which you are not interested will be just a waste of time and gains you nothing.Its better to choose the way in which you are interested and complete the graduation in it and that designs your career wonderfully.

Answered by: Goujdas Z. | about 4 years ago
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The minor will really help you. Business Administration will allow you to explore many fields. I'm not sure where phi will get you though.

Answered by: Jjjh D. | about 4 years ago
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It could definately give you an edge over other candidates applying the same job in the philosophy field. It wont be a huge advantage, but at least it will be one. I do strongly recommend you minor in Business Administration with any degree. That gives you the ability to apply to many more jobs. It makes you much more versatile and much more likely to be successful, because no mattter what there will never be a shortage in jobs in business administartion.

Answered by: Thegreatesthumphrey J. | about 4 years ago
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Ultimately, any degree's you get will help make you more hirable in the workforce. Having a mix such as yours gives you greater leeway in career possibilities further on. At the least, it shows a employer that you were/are willing to go the extra mile to learn something. Every little bit helps.

Answered by: College Student123 T. | about 4 years ago
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If it is a possibility, try getting a major in Bachelor of Business Administration and a minor in BA Philosohy. That will increase your chances of employment in any industry and make you more hirable. This will also teach you more as you go along and you can pursue your Masters after gaining work experience.

Answered by: Marshavaz Y. | about 4 years ago
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It is definitely a good idea. It will also give you a jump start, if you find you ever want to get an MBA. It will make you more well rounded, which is something that employers are always looking for!

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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A minor in business administration will serve you well. When you get into the career scene, you will find that many employers are looking for employees with some kind of background in business; any kind of business knowledge will serve you well. While you may be somewhat hard pressed to find a degree that is specifically related to philosophy, many employers appreciate that philosophy majors tend to be analytical and a business minor will only help your cause.

Answered by: Mmtorres J. | about 4 years ago
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The best suggestion I can make is for to switch those two courses around. From what I heard from my counselors and peers, a philosophy major will not get you very far. It does not help you on your resume apparently. Business Administration will definitely make you a more desired person in the workforce though. Also do not stress too much over what your major will be going into your first year because you will be too busy focusing on your basics anyways. It is very common for students to go into college completely blind to what they prefer for their major and in many cases, including mine, students change them. But the best thing to think about is which degree will give you a broader field to work in. I have not heard of a high demand for philosophers or even what type of job it can earn you, Business Administration however, is a course that gives you more options. Also something to definitely consider is the location you anticipate you will be working in. If you are staying local after college, then do research in your area. See what jobs are high demand and how that can relate to your choice of major study. That will be your best support in making your decision.Best of luck!

Answered by: Santiago Sky A. | about 4 years ago
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It may sound like a flippant answer, but the best way to make yourself more hirable is to swap your major and minor. Philosophy is unfortunately one of the least marketable majors in a typical liberal arts university. On the other hand, there's no shortage of jobs that require a business admin degree, relatively speaking. If you don't get enough exposure to philosophy that way, you could also continue your education once you have a marketable degree.

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | about 4 years ago
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The fact of the matter is that the specific area that the major is in will not necessarily change your job prospects. The philosophy major is known as a challenging major that encourages thinking, which is perhaps the most important aspects. Adding a minor in Business Administration will not necessarily do anything to make you more hireable, don't add it unless you're interested in administering a business. What counts is showing that you're someone who is a hard worker who can think hard about problems. Adding minors generally do not help demonstrate that.

Answered by: Njanetos U. | about 4 years ago
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The Business Administration minor will help with your marketability. It will also give you some flexibility in your carreer and the type of businesses you can apply to. The philosophy major may limit some options, but the overall liberal arts degree should be attractive in some instances.

Answered by: Turkpaul O. | about 4 years ago
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Philosophy will not make you more hireable in any industry except teaching philosophy. I wouldn't suggest it unless you want to become a philosopher or it brings you great joy.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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A Philosophy degree will not make you more hireable unless it is coupled with a law degree. Only do Philosophy if you want to teach it or if it is for fun. Both of the Philosophy major I know now work at starbucks.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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A minor in Business Administration may not be that helpful. There will be lot of competition since many colleges have business school that graduate a lot of students. You may be better of focusing on a particular niche in Business you find that interests you. For example, if your school offers marketing that would go along with you philosophy major. As for getting hired it is more about networking and how you present yourself than just degree alone. So if you can convince employers your major and minor are valuable to them you stand a good chance of being hired.

Answered by: Boblack H. | about 4 years ago
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It will not make you more hireable overall. It does qualify you to teach english in other countries. However, any bachelor's degree will do that.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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A minor in Business Administration might make you slightly more hirable, however keep in mind that business administration degrees are a dime a dozen. Having some more practical skills will greatly increase your chances of landing a good job in the business world. For example, you might consider doing a minor in computer science instead of business administration. Computer programming experience is a skill that is very in-demand - having a basic knowledge of programming will give you a big edge over other more generic candidates. Other good options for a minor include economics, math, and accounting. All of these would give you a much more powerful skill set and would set you apart from your competition.

Answered by: Mem4dr A. | about 4 years ago
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A BA in Philosophy is an interesting field of study but it somewhat limits employment opportunities. Minoring in business administration is a great idea and does in fact broaden your qualifications for a job in public or private organizations. For example: non-profits are often people or arts oriented but also need people with good business knowledge.

Answered by: Fred G. L. | about 4 years ago
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Flip them around. A good Business Admin. Degree will get you offers and traction and eventually a decent salary. A BA in Philosophy is useful in few fields. It's by no means useless though. If you think you will go into teaching or law, for example, that Philosophy BA can help. However, law is school is difficult and teaching will keep you poor so unless you have a passion for one of these professions they may not be for you. Find what you do have a passion for. You can always change a major later, look for something you feel you could immerse yourself in and then talk to a trusted professor.

Answered by: Indogitrust F. | about 4 years ago
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The minor will really help you. Business Administration will allow you to explore many fields. I'm not sure where phi will get you though.

Answered by: Jjjh D. | about 4 years ago
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