Why Study Philosophy?
The Value Of Philosophy
The following websites provide a variety of interesting information about the value of an undergraduate degree in philosophy.
"Be Employable, Study Philosophy"
- from Salon.com, 2013.
- 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.
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.
What Can You Do With A Philosophy Degree?
- detailed discussion of the professional skills philosophy provides and their value.
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: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/pre_law.html).