Top Reasons to Study Philosophy

#1: You will develop critical thinking skills

A major in philosophy is a major in thinking. Learn to ask the deeper questions and evaluate the world around you while developing critical thinking skills that will last you a lifetime.

“David E. Schrader, executive director of the American Philosophical Association, a professional organization with 11,000 members, said that in an era in which people change careers frequently, philosophy makes sense. ‘It’s a major that helps them become quick learners and gives them strong skills in writing, analysis and critical thinking,’ he said.” – The New York Times

#2: Cultural awareness is key

Philosophy is ultimately the study of human thought. Why do we believe what we believe? Why are some beliefs more prevalent than others? How do those beliefs impact our societies? Understanding of these questions is paramount to an understanding of what makes people different, and what drives culture in our society.

“If I were to start again as an undergraduate, I would major in philosophy,” said Matthew Goldstein, the CUNY chancellor, who majored in mathematics and statistics. “I think that subject is really at the core of just about everything we do. If you study humanities or political systems or sciences in general, philosophy is really the mother ship from which all of these disciplines grow.”- The New York Times

#3: Philosophy majors make great entrepreneurs

“Albert Einstein famously said, ‘If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions.’ This quote highlights a skill that philosophy majors have to master: the ability to break down complex problems into simpler ones. As an entrepreneur, you’ll have to solve complex problems early and often. You’ll have a leg up if you can break them down into digestible pieces, rather than trying to solve them all at once.”- Entrepreneur

#4: You’ll actually make money

“’We hear again and again that employers value creative problem solving and the ability to deal with ambiguity in their new hires, and I can’t think of another major that would better prepare you with those skills than the study of philosophy. It’s not terribly surprising to see those graduates doing well in the labor market. We’ve seen quite a few executives—CEOs, VPs of Strategy—who studied philosophy as their undergrad program,’ says Lydia Frank, the senior editorial director at PayScale.”- The Atlantic

#5: You can do just about anything

“Though every collegiate philosophy department has its own flavor and set of emphases, the discipline of philosophy fosters individual expression. It is no wonder then, that philosophers are comfortable in the courtroom, control room, or boardroom. They are trained in public expression and mental discipline, both crucial skills for managers, executives, lawyers, and leaders.”- Forbes