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What can I do with a minor in philosophy?

Useful Skills

Studying philosophy will help you develop a range of important life skills. These include;

  • Developing your ability to reason and think in a clear and disciplined manner,
  • Persuade others of the correctness of your positions,
  • Make informed value judgments about difficult courses of action,
  • Learn to detect mistakes in the reasoning of others and yourself,
  • Enhance your ability to communicate clearly
  • Learn to write about sometimes complex and subtle positions in a clear manner, and
  • Learn to process and understand sometimes complex and technical passages of text.

To put the matter succinctly, the primary reason to consider a minor in philosophy is to get ahead!


A surprisingly diverse range of people have studied philosophy. The following people have studied philosophy;

  • Harrison Ford, (Actor),
  • Bill Clinton, (President),
  • Rev. Martin Luther King, (Civil Right Leader),
  • Carly Fiorina, (Presidential candidate and former CEO of HP ),
  • T.S. Elliot, (Poet and Playwright)
  • Stephen Colbert, (Comedian and TV Host)
  • Phillip Glass, (Composer),
  • Michael McCaskey, (President/Chairman of the Chicago Bears)
  • Max Palevsky, (Co-Founder of Intel and Venture Capitalist)

The American Philosophical Association maintain a more extensive list of famous people who have studied philosophy. The range is quite surprising. So, if you decide to pursue a minor in philosophy you will be in good and diverse company.

What Next?

The point here is that minoring in philosophy will give you a range of skills that are very broadly useful in all sorts of different fields. One very concrete advantage of studying philosophy is that it greatly helps with standardized tests such as LSAT, GRE, GMAT and so on. It is also one way to really stand out from the crowd, when it comes to applying for jobs. To find out more, take a look at the requirements for a philosophy minor, look at the range of philosophy courses that you can take, or come and drop by the philosophy corridor on the fifth floor of Griffin Hall and talk to the professors.