Why Study Philosophy?
Most professional philosophers enter the field in order to further examine deeply interesting problems that exist in the world today. What is God and
why would God permit terrible suffering in the world? What is knowledge and how can we acquire it? What is free will and do we have it? What does "just" mean and what would a truly just state be like? These are examples of real and relevant questions that philosophers investigate with the aid of a rich tradition of the history of inquiry spanning centuries and bridging cultures.
You might say to yourself, "I find these questions interesting; I'm not sure that philosophy will further my career; What would my parents say?" Philosophy is a demanding field that develops your analytical and problem-solving capacity and ability to formulate cohesive and persuasive arguments. Studying philosophy also broadens perspective, since philosophy examines questions from every angle possible, a trait that links well to studies in other disciplines. Government, History, Economics, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics all are important to forming arguments in Philosophy.
Today, degrees in philosophy are becoming more and more valuable to their holders and potential employers. Due to their honed analytical skills and interdisciplinary approach, philosophy majors perform on average 8.7% better than other majors on the LSAT, 11% better on the GMAT, 17% better on the verbal section of the GRE, and 4.6% better on the quantitative portion of the GRE (Chronicle of Higher Education). In addition, The Times of London wrote:
In the US, where the number of philosophy graduates has increased by 5 per cent a year during the 1990's, only a very few go on to become philosophers. Their employability, at 98.9 per cent, is impressive by any standard…Philosophy is, in commercial jargon, the ultimate "transferable work skill" (August 15, 1998).
Whether you're looking to go on to graduate school, enter the workforce upon graduation, or just aren't quite sure what you might like to do, getting a degree in philosophy could prove extremely valuable. To learn more about pursuing coursework in philosophy at Georgetown, please contact Linda Wetzel, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at (202) 687-4519 or email@example.com.
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