Welcome to the Philosophy Program at TAMUK!
Students who take courses in philosophy enhance their ability to think critically and vigorously, to analyze arguments, and to express their views clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing. Philosophy courses are good preparation for students considering graduate studies, law, medicine, or work with government agencies and private corporations.
Philosophy and the Standardized Tests
- Philosophy majors, on average, do better than students from most other majors on the standardized tests!
- The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) scores of philosophy majors consistently trail only those of physics and math majors.
- Only physics and math majors score as well as philosophy majors do on the GRE (the Graduate Records Examinations, a general admissions test for graduate school)
- Philosophy majors score far higher than any other major on the GRE's verbal reasoning section.
- Philosophy majors score better on the GMAT (General Management Admissions Test) than all other humanities majors do, and better than all business majors do!
- Relevant links can be found here, here and here.
I think, therefore I earn
This is not a quote from Descartes, but the title of an article from The Guardian which signal an increasing demand for philosophy graduates on the job market. According to Fiona Czerniawska, director of the Management Consultancies Association's think tank, "a philosophy degree has trained the individual's brain and given them the ability to provide management-consulting firms with the sort of skills that they require and clients demand. These skills can include the ability to be very analytical, provide clear and innovative thinking, and question assumptions."
Opinions like this are not isolated cases, but rather reflect the increasingly widespread belief that philosophy opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Two other relevant sources are here:
Death of Socrates, Jacques Louis David
“Let no young man delay the study of philosophy, and let no old man become weary of it; for it is never too early nor too late to care for the well-being of the soul. The man who says that the season for this study has not yet come or is already past is like the man who says it is too early or too late for happiness.”
Epicurus, 341-279 B.C.
“Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.”
Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970
This page was last updated on: January 24, 2012