What do each of these fields have in common?
|International Relations |
You can do any of them with a degree in Philosophy!
LaGuardia’s Philosophy program opens doors in all fields because you become an excellent critical thinker! Some of the skills you gain are:
|Anticipate Problems |
|Applying Theory |
Beyond giving us a greater understanding of our intellectual heritage and particular issues concerning ourselves and the world we live in, philosophy and critical thinking help us to develop the ability to:
- Think more clearly
- Express ourselves articulately
- See the implications, application and consequences of a line of thinking
- Detect weaknesses such as ambiguity, vagueness or inconsistency in how ideas are expressed
- Distinguish what is relevant to a given issue from what is not
- Differentiate various types of questions, claims or arguments, and determine what an appropriate response would be to any of them
The study of philosophy or critical thinking also helps in becoming a better student of other subjects, as well as becoming a better thinker and communicator as a whole. The honing of analytic skills and problem solving abilities enables greater success in many fields. The Times of London (August 15, 1998) writes of philosophy in America:
The great virtue of philosophy is that it teaches not what to think, but how to think. It is the study of meaning, of the principles underlying conduct, thought and knowledge. The skills it hones are the ability to analyze, to question orthodoxies and to express things clearly. However arcane some philosophical texts may be…the ability to formulate questions and follow arguments is the essence of education.
It can also be studied at many levels. In the U.S., where the number of philosophy graduates has increased by 5 per cent a year during the 1990s, only a very few go on to become philosophers. Their employability, at 98.9 per cent, is impressive by any standard. Philosophy has always been a good training for the law; but it is equally useful for computer scientists. In this country, the Higher Education Statistics Survey puts philosophy of science right up with medicine in its employment record for graduates.
Philosophy is, in commercial jargon, the ultimate transferable work skill.
Marketable Skills for Philosophy Majors
| Ability to trace problems |
Experimenting with ideas
Memory for faces
Notice things Quickly
|Anticipate problems |
Clear expression of ideas
Relate to abstract ideas
High GRE Scores: If you intended on attending Graduate school in any field, consider that Philosophy majors earn the highest scores on verbal and analytical sections of the GRE and earn the 5th highest scores for quantitative reasoning in September 2012. These scores are reported on http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/gre_guide_table4.pdf
Salary Potential: A decent income is required to survive these days, and a Philosophy major will offer you that! In 2013, Philosophy majors were ranked 58 out of 130 college major for highest income potential. http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report-2013/majors-that-pay-you-back
In choosing an undergraduate program in Philosophy, you should consider the quality of undergraduate education first, and then worry about the quality of the Philosophy Department. It may be beneficial to attend a college or university with a top-ranked PhD program in Philosophy, as long as those amazing graduate students will be teaching your classes. http://www.philosophicalgourmet.com/undergrad.asp
A career or vocation can be built up from any major and a degree in the Humanities, philosophy in particular, provides you with the tools to establish yourself as a critical thinker and reader, and will develop your writing and speaking abilities. If you truly enjoy what you study, you will figure out a way to make it work for you by using your creative side to find the career that satisfies your thirst for knowledge and advancement. Philosophy allows you to develop the skills all employers, graduate programs, law, business, and medical schools want!
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