After GSU

The study of philosophy is intrinsically valuable. Earning an M.A. in philosophy is also a means to various ends. Many students in our M.A. program will elect to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy or some other discipline. Some will decide to pursue other sorts of graduate-level study (such as the J.D. or an M.B.A.). The Department actively assists its graduate students in their efforts to meet their post-M.A. goals. The links to the left provide information about those activities.

For those who are enrolled in the certificate program to obtain an additional credential to improve their attractiveness to employers, the faculty actively support students with letters of recommendations and advice about post-certificate careers. Because the certificate is a new offering, we do not yet have much information about placement. We will fill out this page as we learn more.

The following books are recommended by Dr. Eric Wilson and Dr. George Rainbolt. They are available in the Georgia State library. The Department is not requiring that you read these books. We are just making them available. Drs. Wilson and Rainbolt do not agree with all the advice in these books. We suggest them as a conversation starter.

Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius, "So What Are You Going to Do with That?" Finding Careers Outside Academia (University of Chicago Press, 2014).
This book helps graduate students see the full range of their career options. It has a calm tone and useful case studies and can help relieve some of the anxiety that can come when one is not sure about one’s career path.
Call Number: HF5382.7 .B374 2015 Located: Library North 5

Steven M. Cahn, From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor (Columbia University Press, 2008).
This offers a nice “big picture” of the profession as a whole. It is useful for MA students who still need to think about whether to continue after the MA and what to focus on if they do. Bonus: it’s written by a philosophy professor.
Call Number: LB1778 .C26 2008 Located: Library North 4

Kevin D. Haggerty and Aaron Doyle, 57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School: Perverse Professional Lessons for Graduate Students (University of Chicago Press, 2015).
This presents lots of useful information about the nuts and bolts of grad school and academia, including a nice appendix that’s an especially useful overview for first-generation college grads, foreign students, and others for whom the university is a pretty alien place. The list of “dos and don’ts” is useful. The tone is clear, humane, and savvy.
Call Number: LB2371 .H34 2015 Located: Internet (Click E-Resource line)
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Eviatar Zerubavel, The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books (Harvard University Press, 1999).
This is a good book on the practical side of writing, with an emphasis on time-management, diligence, and regularity. It helps students develop good writing and research habits.
Call Number: PN145 .Z47 1999 Located: Library North 4