Joseph Metz, B.A. 2013

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Widener University – Chester, Penn.

2013 Major: Philosophy; minor in Classical Studies

How has being a Philosophy graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"Duke's excellent Philosophy program helped me get directly into a strong PhD program (University of Arizona), and it prepared me well for graduate school. The professors I worked with at Duke still gave me advice and support after I graduated and during graduate school."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Philosophy programs? 

"A philosophy major serves you really well in most fields - you just might need to explain its relevance and importance to someone who isn't really familiar with what philosophy is or how it works. Pursuing an academic job in philosophy is super competitive, but your advisors at Duke can help give really good advice about how to approach graduate school applications and beyond. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!"