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Valuable Skills

 

Leave your preconceptions at the door!  Philosophy delivers highly marketable, highly transferable skills. If your ideal career requires thinking, talking, or writing, we'll help you prepare.

Do Philosophy Majors Make Any Money?  Your parents might worry when you choose philosophy as a major.  Did you know that 10 years into their careers, philosophy majors make more money than business management majors, accounting majors and marketing majors?  They also make more money than majors in any of the other humanities.  (Story)

Smart students study what they love​Information is easy to acquire, and much will soon be obsolete. What is valuable is not the content of a major, but rather the ability to think with and through that information.

Be Employable: Study Philosophy The discipline teaches you how to think clearly, a gift that can be applied to any line of work.

The Power of the Liberal Arts Major If you're getting a liberal arts degree, you're actually in more demand than those who are getting finance and accounting degrees.

The Rise in Stock of Philosophy Graduates Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show philosophy graduates are in growing demand from employers.

The Management Myth Most of management theory is inane, writes the founder of a consulting firm. If you want to succeed in business, don’t get an M.B.A. Study philosophy instead.

Why Some M.B.A.s are Reading Philosophy Courses like "Why Capitalism?" push students to ponder business in a broader context, and address a common complaint of employers, who say recent graduates are trained to solve single problems but miss the big picture.

Study of Philosophy Makes Gains Despite Economy In an era in which chronic unemployment seems to demand hard skills, some students are turning to an ancient study that they say prepares them not for a job, but for the multiple jobs they expect to hold during their lifetimes.

Study supports conclusion that studying Philosophy improves reading and math skills​  Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year significantly boosted their math and literacy skills, with disadvantaged students showing the most significant gains, according to a large and well-designed study.

 

Big Questions

 

Ever wondered if God exists? If you have free will?  If life has a meaning?  Whether abortion/capital punishment/capitalism is right or wrong?  What it means to be a person?  If you should fear death?

So have we!  Believe it or not, we've made progress and we have answers—lots of them—backed up with reasons.  Come join humanity's conversation before life gets in the way and you die wondering.

Consider this question: "What Do I Desire?"

Bertrand Russell: "The Value of Philosophy"(pdf)

 

 

High Scores

 

Philosophy Rules the GRE Thinking about graduate school? Add up the three sections: Philosophy majors have the highest score on the GRE. (Breakdown by section.)

Philosophy Rocks the GMAT How about business school? Philosophy majors outperform majors in economics, statistics, finance, accounting, etc.

Philosophy Owns the LSAT Need that J.D.? Philosophy is a better bet than political science, pre-law, and anything starting with "business."

Philosophy Gets You into Med School Philosophers enjoy the best chance of admission to medical school of any major.

 

Compiled by Tomás Bogardus.  Used with permission.

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