Welcome to the Department of Philosophy!
At Spring Hill College, all students take at least three philosophy courses, but many take more. Why? Because philosophy is awesome, that’s why. But also because more and more people are realizing that an undergraduate degree in the humanities, and particularly in philosophy, is one of the most valuable degrees to have. And in case you’re wondering, it’s not (just) humanities professors who are saying this; as Catherine Rampell has written, scientists are themselves are arguing that the skills humanities studies cultivate will be essential to getting the best jobs. The reason is simple: philosophy (and the other pure humanities) teach you how to think. Studying philosophy gives you phenomenal skills in critical thinking and writing that actually give you broader job prospects than other majors that are geared towards specific jobs. The numbers on graduate school tests bear this out, too. Think about it: if you study accounting, you’re qualified to be…an accountant! But if you study philosophy, you’re qualified for any number of jobs. Even managers are talking about it, as can be clearly seen in the NYT’s recent interview of CEO Sabine Heller. In response to the question, “Let’s talk about hiring. What are you looking for?” she says: ”I’m much more interested in understanding the way someone thinks than what they have done…So what I do is have a conversation with them to understand how they problem-solve, to understand how agile their mind is, to understand why they do what they do.” And if all that wasn’t enough, our evidence suggests that the people who tend to get promoted from entry level positions are the ones with strong liberal arts backgrounds – exactly the kind of education that a degree in Philosophy from Spring Hill College gives you. And if you’re worried about salary – well, the latest studies show that “by their mid-50s, liberal arts majors with an advanced or undergraduate degree are on average making more money those who studied in professional and pre-professional fields.”
UPDATE: In a recent NYT article, Gary Gutting spells out exactly how important philosophy, and the humanities, are – even if you’re not a philosophy major!
For more on why YOU should be a philosophy major or double major (yes, you can major in philosophy AND something else! – it’s very easy!), check out the link above, or click here.