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Philosophy

Why Study Philosophy?*

THE BIG QUESTIONS

Does God exist? Do human beings have free will? Is capital punishment immoral? And what kinds of goals and values are worth living - or dying - for?

Philosophers have been engaged in an ongoing conversation about these and other big issues for over two thousand years. And those of us looking for answers can find tremendous wisdom in that conversation by entering into it ourselves.

Join the conversation on the big questions of life. Take a philosophy class.

 

MARKETABLE SKILLS

But philosophy isn't just about finding answers. It is about teaching you how to think. In your philosophy classes, you will learn skills of critical thinking that will serve you well no matter what career path you take.

You will learn how to read and analyze difficult texts. You will learn to express your arguments in writing with clear and persuasive logic. And you will learn how to put your biases aside and rationally evaluate your own beliefs and the beliefs of those with who you might not always agree.

In other words, philosophy teaches you employable skills. Skills that pay, even in a down economy.

 

LAW SCHOOL? MEDICAL SCHOOL? BUSINESS SCHOOL? PHILOSOPHY PREPARES YOU.

Because the skills that philosophy teaches you are highly transferable, philosophy is an excellent preparation for any career.

Is it any wonder, then, that philosophy majors do better than almost any other major on the LSAT? That they earn some of the highest scores on the GRE and the GMAT? That they have among the highest acceptance rates into medical school?

 

BUT DON'T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT.

We think philosophy is one of the most exciting, challenging, and valuable courses of study you could pursue as a colleg student. But don't just take our word for it. Do your own research, talk to one of us, check out our courses, and make your own informed decision! Here are some articles to start you off:

* The webmaster is indebdted to Tomas Bogaardus, creator of the "Why Study Philosophy" site, for many of the links and ideas presented on this page.