Why study philosophy?Edit

Main article: Why study philosophy?
  • There are a variety of personal benefits that one can obtain from a study of philosophy. For example, it can help with making decisions in life, both large and small. Besides, it's simply a fun subject to spend time with.
  • Philosophy can aid your broader education, enhancing your ability to succeed in all your other courses.
  • Experience with philosophy is likely to lead to many different occupational benefits. Employers are recognizing the value of a philosophy degree, and the skills acquired through a study of philosophy can make a person more successful in the workplace in many different fields.

What can I do with a philosophy degree?Edit

  • A major or minor in philosophy can be an excellent supplement to nearly any other major in college.
  • With the skills gained from a philosophy degree, a variety of employment opportunities become available:[1][2]
    • Law
    • Politics, policy analysis, and activism
    • Management & decision-making
    • Software development and design
    • Business and medical ethics
    • Teaching and research in higher education
    • Information science (librarians & archivists)
    • Philosophical counseling
    • Technical writing

What skills will I obtain by pursuing a philosophy degree?Edit

  • By earning a degree in philosophy, you will acquire a variety of widely applicable skills, such as:[1][3]
    • Abstract reasoning
    • Interpretation & analysis
    • Research & synthesis
    • Written and verbal communication
    • Creative & imaginative thinking

When should I take which classes?Edit

Sample 4-year Major Map for the 2009-2010 UMKC College of Arts & Sciences Catalog


  1. 1.0 1.1 Steinhart, Eric. (1998) "How Philosophy Pays Off", William Patterson University, Philosophy Department. Retrieved on November 8, 2009.
  2. Info Page for a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved on November 8, 2009.
  3. "Guide to College Majors in Philosophy". World Wide Learn. Retrieved on November 8, 2009.

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