Philosophy Program

 

  • Philosophy majors score higher on the GRE than any other major in the Humanities and Arts.
  • Philosophy provides a comprehensive undergraduate foundation for most careers (Law, Medicine, Politics, etc,)
  • Philosophy teaches you to think critically and communicate effectively.
  • Philosophy hones your analytical skills, reasoning skills, and problem solving abilities.
  • Philosophy trains students to write clearly and carefully about matters of the utmost importance to human lives.

Philosophy majors have the HIGHEST percentage salary increases from beiginning to mid-career at 103.5% See Wall Street Journal

1998 statistics from the Association of American Medical Colleges show that 50% of Philosophy majors are accepted into Medical Schools, the highest probability of all majors. See Article

PHILOSOPHY FOR CAREERS

“Philosophy teaches students how to think well - a quality prized by many employers. Philosophers are good at:

  • Summarizing and logically organizing complex information.
  • Prioritizing questions and issues.
  • Evaluating opposing views.
  • Determining the morally relevant features of situations, actions, and policies .
  • Taking principled approaches to problem-solving.
  • Thinking of alternative approaches and solutions.
  • Writing in a clear, focused way.
  • Reasoning persuasively, both in writing and orally.
  • Offering and accepting criticism without personalizing it, and tolerating uncertainty .

Given the marketability of these skills, it is perhaps no surprise that philosophy is becoming an increasingly popular area of study.”

American Philosophical Association
http://www.apaonline.org/publications/texts/roleofphilosophy.aspx


 PHILOSOPHY FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL
GRE (Graduate Record Examination) 2003-2006

VERBAL SECTION  
Major  
Philosophy  590 (Top Score in Humanities and Social Science)
English  561
History 542
Political Science 525
Economic 504
Sociology 489
Psychology 471

 

QUANTITATIVE SECTION  
Major  
Economic 704
Philosophy 635
Political Science 585
History 554
English  550
Psychology 544
Sociology 545

 

COMBINED SCORES  
Major  
Philosophy 1,225 (Top Combined Score in Humanities & Social Science)
Economic 1,208
English 1,111
History 1,096
Political Science 1,110
Sociology 1,034
Psychology 1,015

 

ANALYTICAL SECTION  
Major  
Philosophy 5.0 (Top Score in Humanities and Social Science)
English 4.8
History 4.7
Political Science 4.7
Economic 4.5
Psychology 4.4
Sociology 4.5

Source: Guide to the Use of Scores 2008-2008 http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/GRE/pdf/994994.pdf (pp. 17-19)

The Department of Philosophy at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon have shown that Philosophy majors score higher on the GRE than any other major in the Humanities and Arts. To view their analysis see  Philosophy "Rocks" the Graduate Record Exam!