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Philosophy teaches

  • Problem solving. Systematic study. Distinguishing good from bad, right from wrong. Critical thinking. Clarity. Analysis. Evaluation. Communication. How to build on successes and failures, both one's own and others'. Persuasion. Writing skills. Development and assessment of methods and standards. Advocacy. Examination. Thinking.
  • Philosophy is an ancient discipline teaching skills that are always in demand. It trains the mind. It is the purest intellectual discipline. Its skills can be applied to any problem.

Philosophers study

  • Language. Mathematics. Logic. Animal Cognition. Ethics. History. Technology. Science. Artificial Intelligence. Public Policy. Law. Systems Analysis. Religion. Culture. Education. Psychology.

Why major in Philosophy?

  • Philosophy majors are shown to be very well-prepared for graduate and other advanced study. Philosophy majors score higher on the GMAT than any one but hard science majors. On the GRE, Philosophy majors have the highest verbal score and second highest analytic score. Philosophy majors also excel on the LSAT.
  • Philosophy is not job-training for an entry-level position. It is education for a lifetime. What fits the job description of entry-level positions is rarely what is required for career and life fulfillment, especially given how rapidly the needs of employers, social and economic patterns, and personal circumstances change. Philosophical training, in its development of valuable transferable skills, is significant for its long-term benefits. It teaches skills that enable you to take on new responsibilities and to adapt to changing careers and life demands. The value of philosophy is in its capacity to broaden the range of things you can understand and enjoy.
  • There are still more reasons, per The Philosophy Major's Handbook and The Philosophy Major's Career Guide.

Want to know more?

  • Read some profiles of our past philosophy majors and the careers they have pursued.
  • See what our former majors say about their education.
  • Contact us directly for more information: Philosophy page, and Philosophy Faculty.


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