Why Major or Minor in Philosophy?


The best reason to major in philosophy is that you find the subject interesting and exciting. Philosophy IS the road less traveled, and it can make all the difference. Besides, what if the hokey pokey isn’t what it’s all about?






Is Philosophy practical?


YES! And it is an ideal major for smart, motivated people who have a vision of what they want to do in life. The philosophy major provides a true education, rather than mere training. Most on-campus interviewers are interested in interviewing “all majors.” This is because most employers seek smart people who are able to think critically and respond positively to changes and problems. More so than perhaps any other major, philosophy teaches skills and abilities that are practical and applicable to any career. These never go out of style:


What careers do philosophy majors typically pursue?


Most majors offer only a few career possibilities, but with a philosophy major the possibilities are endless. The list of careers and career areas typically pursued by philosophy majors includes, but is not limited to: law, medicine, education, F.B.I., government, publishing, writing, research, consulting, social and community services, business, and computer programming.


How do philosophy majors score on standardized tests?


In short, philosophy majors score among the very best.



What if I’m interested in philosophy but want to major in something else?


You should know that philosophy works very well as a double major or minor with any other area of study. The study of philosophy can provide you with highly valuable insight into the nature of literature and the humanities, psychology and the social sciences, chemistry and the natural sciences, and economics and business. You can earn a minor in philosophy by taking just four courses beyond the Core requirements.     


I’ve never heard of anyone majoring in philosophy.


Yes, you have! Here are just a few of the philosophy majors you may certainly have heard of:


Business: Larry Sanger (co-founder of Wikipedia), Reid Hoffman (co-founder of Linkedin), Peter Thiel (founder of PayPal), Stewart Butterfield (co-founder of Flickr), Patrick Byrne (founder of Overstock.com), John Mackey (co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market), J. Paul Getty, Carl Icahn (CEO, TWA Airlines), Gerald Levin (former CEO, Time Warner, Inc.), George Soros (financier), Lachlan Murdoch (son of Rupert Murdoch, media magnate), Max Palevsky (co-founder of Intel), Carly Fiorina (former CEO Hewlett-Packard), Robert Greenhill (President of Morgan Stanley).


Government, Politics, and Law: Thomas Jefferson, David Souter and Stephen Breyer (Supreme Court Justices), Sheila Bair (Chair of FDIC), William Bennett (Secretary of Education and best-selling author), Patrick Buchanan (presidential candidate and political columnist), Jerry Brown (governor of California and presidential candidate), Raisa Gorbachev (former first lady of the Soviet Union), Fred Thompson (former Senator and presidential candidate).


Religion: Pope John Paul II, Martin Luther King, Jr., Madelyn Murray O’Hair (famous atheist).


Contemporary Writers: T. S. Eliot, Christopher Hitchens, Mary Higgins Clark, James Michener, Iris Murdoch, Alexander Solzhenitsin, Umberto Eco, M. Scott Peck, Ken Follett, Susan Sontag, Sam Harris, David Foster Wallace, Ayn Rand, Elie Wiesel, Nic Pizzolatto, Yann Martel, J.D. Vance.


Performers and Broadcasters: Juan Williams, Kennedy (MTV VJ and political commentator), Katy Tur, Harrison Ford, Susan Sarandon, Lana Del Rey, Dessa, Woody Allen, Richard Gere, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Jay Leno, Dennis Miller, Kim Thayill (Soundgarden), Stone Phillips, John Chancellor, Alex Trebek, Gene Siskel, Willard Scott, Jimmy Kimmel, Ricky Gervais (creator of The Office), Wes Anderson, Ethan Coen.


Sports: Bruce Lee, Phil Jackson, Michael McKaskey (Owner, Chicago Bears), Arian Foster (Houston Texans), Aaron Talylor (OT, Notre Dame and the Green Bay Packers).