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Don't "Locke" Your Potential; Become a Philosophy Major

Posted: July 12, 2018 | Author: Abigail Wyatt | Read Time: 1 minutes

2018-07-philosophy-major.jpgIf a student wants to develop a broad range of skills that prepare him for a wide variety of intellectual challenges, the student should seriously consider becoming a philosophy major. Philosophy graduates can gain further education, such as graduate work in philosophy, political science, English, law, medicine, journalism, business, and public policy.

Majoring in philosophy pays off, all the more so in tough economic times. Given their broad range of skills, philosophy majors are well-poised, not just to do extremely well on professional and graduate entrance exams (such as the GRE, MCAT, and LSAT), but to succeed in a wide-variety of careers. According to a recent study, mid-career median salary for philosophy majors was 16th out of two hundred careers. Being a philosopher, according to another study, is one of the top 16 careers, factoring in environment, stress, physical demands, and employment outlooks.

  1. Philosophy is a “gateway” degree that can lead you to many different career fields and graduate school programs.
  2. Philosophy majors are statistically shown to excel in graduate programs, especially law school.
  3. You will gain many critical thinking and studying skills through class research papers and assigned readings.
  4. You will learn to articulate your ideas clearly and concisely. Philosophy includes a lot of terminology you’ll need to learn that will help you be specific while expressing yourself.
  5. The major will teach you how to disagree with other people without being disagreeable. You will come to understand opposing views from an open-minded perspective.
  6. You’ll learn how to study slowly and thoroughly so the parts you don’t understand can sink in. Philosophy teaches good study skills.
  7. Philosophy majors become constant learners.With humility, you can always learn from those around you. Sometimes by just hearing something from a slightly different perspective brings a whole new light to it.

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