The University of Louisiana at Lafayette

 Minor in Philosophy   

David Hume



The Philosophy Minor


What Is Philosophy?

Why Study Philosophy?

Links & Resources

Why Study Philosophy?

The Value Of Philosophy

The following websites provide a variety of interesting information about the economic value of an undergraduate degree in philosophy.

Philosophers Don't Get Much Respect, But Their Earnings Don't Suck
       - 538Politics, 2015, on just how wrong Rubio was.

That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket
- Forbes, 2015.

11 Famous Executives Who Majored in Philosophy
- Business Insider, 2015.

We don't need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with Liberal Arts training.
       - The Washington Post, 2015.

The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing The World of Business
- Huffington Post, 2014.

Liberal Arts Prepares Graduates for Long-Term Professional Success
- Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2014.

Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return On Investment
- Forbes, 2014

Why Future Business Leaders Need Philosophy
- Grasp magazine, 2013.

Be Employable, Study Philosophy
-, 2013.

For a Better Society, Teach Philosophy in High Schools
- Huffington Post, 2012

More Seek Philosophy Degrees as a Basis For Kicking Off Other Careers
- Denver Post, 2011.

Learn Philosophy
- one of US News and World Report's 50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2009!

Why More People Are Majoring in Philosophy
- from the New York Times, 2008.

Selling Your Philosophy Degree
-from Forbes Magazine, 2008.

I Think, Therefore I Earn
- from The Guardian, 2007.

Philosophers Find The Degree Pays Off In Life And Work
- from the New York Times, December 26, 1997.

How Does Philosophy Relate To My Career?
- quotes business professionals on the advantages of having a background in philosophy in the business world.

Philosophy Is A Quintessentially Modern Discipline
-from the London Times, August 15, 1998.

Why Study Philosophy? A Statement by Jordan Kotick, Vice-President, J. P. Morgan
- one person's story of how an MA in philosophy paid off.

Some Famous Philosophy Majors

American Philosophical Association
- information about the profession.


Philosophy and the GRE, LSAT and GMAT Exams

The GRE (Graduate Record Exam), LSAT (Law School Admission Test) and GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) are tests designed to test your aptitude for graduate school, much the same way the SAT and ACT are designed to test your aptitude for an bachelor's degree. Philosophy majors tend to score among the very best of all majors on the GRE, LSAT and GMAT exams. The following sites offer some relevant statistics:


Philosophy and a Career in Law

    Many Philosophy majors go on to law school. The following statements provided by the American Bar Association give some indication of the value of philosophical training for pursuing a career in a law-related profession.

    "Preparation for legal education should include substantial experience at close reading and critical analysis of complex textural material, for much of what law students and attorneys do involves careful reading and sophisticated comprehension of judicial opinions, statutes, documents, and other written materials. As with the other skills discussed in this Statement, the requisite critical reading abilities may be acquired in a wide range of experiences, including the close reading of complex material in literature, political or economic theory, philosophy or history. The particular nature of the materials examined is not crucial; what is important is that law school not be the first time that a student has been rigorously engaged in the enterprise of carefully reading and understanding, and critically analyzing, complex written material of substantial length." - from "Preparing for Law School" Prepared by The Pre-Law Committee of  The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar (complete article available at:

The History, Philosophy & Geography Department is located on the fifth floor of Griffin Hall, at the corner of Rex and East Lewis Streets. Our office is on the fifth floor in room 554.

Telephone: (337) 482-6900

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