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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Why Study Philosophy?

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Confucius, a Chinese philosopher

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 think critically and creatively, to question orthodoxies, and to express ideas clearly. 

While only a small proportion of philosophy majors go on to become professional philosophers, they flourish in a surprisingly diverse range of career fields. Philosophy has always been excellent training for the law, but it is equally useful for computer scientists. Philosophy majors have the highest acceptance rate to US medical schools, compared with all other majors.  And more and more businesses recognize the valuable skills that philosophy majors bring to the workplace.

Studying philosophy helps one become a truly independent thinker.  And that is the ultimate transferable job skill.

Philosophy in the Job Market