|Contrary to popular opinion, there are a number of benefits of majoring in philosophy.|
Philosophy teaches a number of skills that are valuable in a variety of professions. The hallmark of philosophy education is critical thinking and inductive reasoning. Additionally, philosophy demonstrates that problems often have multiple solutions, and teaches its students to approach problems from a number of different perspectives ("lateral thinking"). The key point to remember is that philosophy is not a collection of facts to be memorized - it is a methodological approach to thinking and problem solving, which is highly valued in a number of professions. This translates into higher performance on standardized tests for graduate education (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, etc.), as well as success in the professional world.
You don't have to take our word for it - we can back up our claims with data and testimonials.
- London Times - "Philosophy is a quintessentially modern discipline."
- American Bar Association - Solid grades in philosophy classes especially beneficial in law school admissions.
- Graduate Admissions Test Performance
- Philosophy Rocks the GRE
- Historical LSAT Performance
- AAMC Performance of Humanities Majors on the MCAT
- Jordan Kotick, Vice-President J.P. Morgan, Wall Street
- USA Today - "Top Students Commit to Using Their Knowledge."
- New York Times - "Philosophers Find the Degree Pays Off in Life and Work."
- New York Times - "In a New Generation of College Students, Many Opt for the Life Examined."
- Atlantic Monthly - "The Management Myth."
With deep thanks to Fordham University, we are happy to provide you with a succinct summary of why to study philosophy. Print it out, pass it around, and we'll see you in class!