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Lee Reynolds

I majored in philosophy, and I can honestly say there is a stigma that comes with the degree. Most people assume you smoke marijuana and ramble about pie-in-the-sky concepts. I took more credits than I needed, and every class I took, I did better than the majors. One Public Relations professor remarked, "Everyone in this class sucks, except Lee."

Useful Skills:

1.) You learn how to read actively in order to examine arguments.

2.) You learn how to engage in abstract thinking combined with utilizing concrete facts. You cannot argue well if you cannot think of things abstractly and utilize facts to form a valid conclusion.

3.) Logic and argumentation are very important. After you study philosophy, you will learn that most people you meet have no idea that they are speaking nonsense. In fact, you will even notice that if you apply logic to things you have not studied, you will have a stronger grasp than most people. Logic is a very useful tool. It is also a requirement for the LSAT, which is a test you need to take to get into law school.

4.) You will learn how to write clearly and powerfully. According to a study by the College Board, the biggest US companies and corporations spend about $3 billion retraining their employees in how to write in Standard American English. If you have those skills, you are more attractive because you cost the company less.

However, not all people are ignorant. The leaders of tech companies and financial firms often study philosophy. Former Federal Reserve Chairman complained that not enough economists are studying philosophy.

If you want to study philosophy, however, you need to add other major/s with it. Philosophy helps you create a strong foundation on which you can build other knowledge. When you study in other disciplines, you will see how much more critical you are, you will see how much more sophisticated and comprehensive your understanding is.

A philosophy degree by itself will not lead to any job. You will need to go to graduate school. If you want to strictly study philosophy, then study ethics. Ethicists, however, tend to conduct research for governments or private agencies about issues ranging from medical treatment procedures to robots/android. (No, I am not kidding, ethicists do study those things and craft reports.)

Please message me if you have further questions.

Answered 7 years ago

Lee Reynolds