Many students believe that philosophy and religious studies aren't practical majors. On the contrary, in today's high-tech world, the abstract reasoning skills, analytical tools and communication skills you obtain through studying philosophy are increasingly valuable. As Peter Veruki, head of external relations at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, recently noted, "It's about maturity and leadership rather than how many accounting courses did you take. Companies are going to start to look at the fundamental value set of an individual and their basic education. Did they study philosophy and culture and history rather than just accounting, finance and engineering? Fast-forward 20 or 30 years, we're going to find [business leaders] who maybe majored in philosophy rather than business."
As a translatable skill, philosophy prepares you to adapt to new technical innovations, while particular concrete training quickly becomes outdated. The following statistics illustrate the value of a philosophical education:
According to a study of GRE scores from 1988-1991, philosophy majors do exceptionally well on the GRE. On average, philosophy majors had:
A similar analysis of the LSAT in 1994 study shows that:
Philosophy majors likewise excel on the GMAT. From 1991-1996:
The Philosophy and Religious Studies Department is hosting a Student-Faculty Mixer on Thursday, OctoIntercollegiate Ethics Bowl Meeting Schedule
The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team will meet each Tuesday and Thursday at 8 PM in SURC 140 -Philosophy And Religious Studies Club Fall Quarter Meetings
The Philosophy and Religious Studies Club will meet each Tuesday, 4-6 PM in L&L 106A.