Why Study Philosophy?

There are many good reasons to study philosophy. Because of its breadth, philosophy has a bearing on just about every subject and profession, and recent studies have shown that students who have strong backgrounds in the liberal arts in general and philosophy in particular do much better than one might expect in the job market and when pursuing advanced degrees.

In fact, among college graduates with no further training beyond a bachelor’s degree, philosophy majors earn higher average salaries by mid-career than all other humanities and social sciences majors except economics, and than most technical and vocational majors as well. Here’s a link to the evidence (click twice at the top of the Mid-Career Median Salary column to sort from high to low):http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-Degrees_that_Pay_you_Back-sort.html

Interested in pursuing graduate work? Here’s some more data to consider:

The Death of Socrates - Jacques-Louis David (1787)
Proof that a career in philosophy has its risks
(Courtesy CGFA - A Virtual Art Museum)

How about a Second Opinion?

Here's one stressing the practicality of philosophy from Willamette University in Oregon, and here's another one from Illinois State University.

Still not convinced? Here are two more: one from William Paterson University of New Jersey and another from Texas State University.

Finally, here's a recent article from The Atlantic on the question Is Philosophy the Most Practical Major?