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Learn How to Think, Not What to Think – Contemplate a Philosophy Major

What do we believe and why do we believe it? Who are we and why are we here? What ought we do and why should we do it? Philosophy encourages critical and systematic inquiry into fundamental questions of right and wrong, truth and falsehood, the meaning of life, and the nature of reality, knowledge and society. More than any other discipline, philosophy explores the core issues of the Western intellectual tradition. Philosophy encourages the student to formulate questions and follow arguments.

Philosophy provides an excellent preparation for law school and other professional programs, as well as a solid foundation for a career in business, teaching, writing, or public service. The Department of Philosophy offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree and a Doctor of Philosophy graduate degree.

What skills does studying philosophy develop?

  • generate ideas on a variety of problems 
  • formulate and solve problems 
  • uncover assumptions and suggest alternatives 
  • ability to distinguish subtle differences without overlooking similarities 
  • analyze, develop and formulate logical arguments 
  • capability to make knowledgeable decisions, examining thoroughly the consequences of various actions
  • aptitude to examine various angles of topics 
  • ability to write and speak clearly and effectively 
  • interpret and assess various thoughts and theories

(From New York Times, Nov 3, 2017: the point here is to look at the spread. Many STEM majors make no more over a lifetime than some Humanities majors)

Career Opportunities

Philosophy is the ultimate "transferable work skill."  With its emphasis on reason and argumentation, philosophy is an excellent preparation for a career in law, religion, business, international diplomacy, social work, medical management or writing as well as post-graduate education. Philosophy majors successfully work in, but are not limited to the following occupational fields:

  • lawyer 
  • banker
  • business professional
  • counselor
  • minister
  • teacher
  • non-profit work
  • public relations director
  • publisher
  • journalist 
  • accountant
  • retail management
  • librarian
  • marketing 
  • consulting
  • research
  • social worker
  • professor
  • self-employed
  • labor relations
  • foreign service officer
  • public policy

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