Major or Minor in Philosophy

Understanding ourselves and our place in the world

As a Philosophy major, you seek answers to the fundamental questions of human existence: What is the meaning of life? What is reality? What is truth? What is the nature of good and evil?

While mastering classic texts from ancient times to the present on these subjects, you cultivate clear and focused writing, analytical and problem-solving skills, and, in general, disciplined and effective thinking. The analytical tools that philosophy cultivates will serve you well as you seek to make sound decisions in a wide variety of life situations.

In fact, philosophy is an ideal liberal-arts degree. Increasingly, employers in all fields recognize the value of hiring graduates with degrees in areas of study—like philosophy—that emphasize writing skills, creative thinking, and conceptual rigor. In a 2012 study by the Educational Testing Service, philosophy majors scored higher than any other majors on the Verbal and Analytical Writing sections of the GRE, and higher than any other humanities major in the Quantitative sections.