Why Study Philosophy?

Philosophy majors have the highest cumulative score on the GRE (required for pursuing graduate degrees); the second highest score on the LSAT (required for law school); the fifth highest score on the GMAT (required for business school); and a higher acceptance rate to medical school than even majors from the physical sciences, social sciences, biological sciences, and health sciences.

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Philosophy students go further in their studies and careers

Did you know that recent studies independently show that studying philosophy increases both literacy and numeracy? According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, the demand for philosophy graduates continues to grow.

You have the opportunity to take part in a balanced undergraduate curriculum that covers logic, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, epistemology (theory of knowledge), philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, history of philosophy, Asian philosophy, American Indian philosophy, classical American philosophy, and 19th and 20th-century continental European philosophy.

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Students completing the Philosophy B.A. program will achieve valuable critical-thinking skills:

  • Know the important figures and movements in the history of philosophy.
  • Understand the major questions, positions, distinctions, and arguments in the main branches of philosophy.
  • Write clear, cogent, and informed philosophical papers.
  • Speak clearly, accurately, and in an academic manner on philosophical topics.
  • Comprehend, interpret, and analyze complex philosophical writings.
  • Make relevant distinctions.
  • Clarify important concepts and claims.
  • Competently analyze, evaluate, and construct both deductive and inductive arguments.

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If you are considering majoring or minoring in Philosophy, either as a new student or as a transfer student, please contact Professor Samuel Kahn.

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