P H I L O S O P H Y

What can it do for you?


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. (Like these famous philosophy majors, or these.)

Do Philosophy Majors Make Any Money?

Your parents might have worried when you chose philosophy as a major. But graduates in philosophy earned 103.5% more about 10 years post-commencement. (StoryData.)


Mark Cuban says Philosophy may soon be worth more than Computer Science

To remain competitive, Cuban advises ditching degrees that teach specific skills and opting for degrees that teach you how to think in a big picture way, like philosophy. 

If you want to run the world, study a 'useless' subject

"As robots take over routine jobs, we need people who can think creatively, imaginatively, logically, and laterally. Acquiring a narrow 'skillset' of the kind society increasingly demands will, in fact, leave students not equipped for the future, but vulnerable to it."


A Harvard Medical School Professor Makes the Case for Philosophy

"What a continuously giving gift philosophy has been... If you can extract, and abstract, underlying assumptions or superordinate principles, or reason through to the implications of arguments, you can identify and address issues in a myriad of fields."


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.


BIG QUESTIONS


Ever wondered if God exists? If you have free will? If life has a meaning? Whether abortion/affirmative action/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 Owns the GMAT

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


Philosophy Tops 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 Tom├ís Bogardus