Reasons to Study Philosophy at University
The ability to build a strong, rigorous case.
The skills philosophy programmes generate translate into higher performance on standardized tests for graduate education (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, etc.), as well as success in the professional world. In the GRE tests of 3rd year degree majors (major = main subject studied) in the U.S.:
- Philosophy majors rank FIRST among all majors on the verbal section of the GRE. They even outperform those who take a degree in English.
- Philosophy majors rank FIRST among all majors on the analytical section of the GRE. That’s predictable, given philosophy’s emphasis on analytical and critical thinking.
- Philosophy majors rank FIRST among humanities majors and ninth among all majors on the quantitative (mathematical) section of the GRE. Only students following programmes with a large mathematical component (e.g. maths and physics) scored better.
- Philosophy majors ranked FIRST among all majors on the U.S. Law School Admissions Test.
“I credit my success to my ability to logically think through problems and my writing skills, both items I attribute to my philosophy classes.”
Kim Feazle, Philosophy Graduate and Financial Analyst, Hill & Knowlton
“When I went to law school, I was told by all my professors that they were going to teach me how to ‘think like a lawyer.’ I soon found out that I already knew how to do that; I had learned to do so as a philosophy major.”
John S. Paul, Philosophy Major and Attorney (Bryan, Texas)
“The quality that Philosophy graduates possess and that is lacking in non-graduates is the ability to examine a selected subject, identify key components and their relationships to each other, and assess the consequences of a component change. It is this analytical ability of philosophers that gives them the edge over their contemporaries in the modern environment.”
Tommy Attaway, Jr., Project Management Specialist, Switzerland
“While no single curricular path is the ideal preparation for law school, you should choose courses that sharpen analytical reasoning and writing skills. Law schools prefer students who can think, read, and write well, and who have some understanding of what shapes human experience.”
From the Law School Admission Council’s Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools