Philosophy a helpful major no matter what field you’re interested in, dude
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 16:09
We philosophy majors get a bad reputation, and I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe my uncertainty stems from the fact that I am a philosophy major. This is quite the tricky situation I’ve gotten myself in, so maybe I can clear up a few misconceptions.
I’m often asked what I plan to do with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. My answer, though usually more specific, is essentially “to get a job,” same as everyone else.
Many people cite the impracticality of philosophy and claim that I’ll only ever be employed by a fast food chain so that I may annoyingly inquire as to “why” a customer would like fries with their order.
I’ve got news for you: a bachelor’s degree is not a certificate that is redeemable for a job.
It doesn’t really matter what you major in most of the time; you can find employment in the majority of fields with whatever you chose.
The most important thing to your future career is how well you did in school and that you’re driven to be a competitive applicant. This brings me to my next point.
You’ve surely heard the phrase “critical thinking” repeated endlessly since you started kindergarten.
Well, guess what? It’s actually a pretty important skill to have. It has an observable practical application to every career path that exists. A good philosophy program excels at teaching students how to think critically, and this ability can make you an invaluable asset to an employer.
There also seems to be some misinformation out there about what we actually study. Every college movie ever made depicts my fellow philosophy majors as pot-smoking burnouts, their vocabulary consists mainly of the phrase “what if” followed by various inflections on “whoaaa.”
I cannot stress enough how far from the truth this is. ETSU’s philosophy program has allowed me to study complex ethical issues, formal and informal logic and reasoning, the structure of language, and the metaphysics of death.
All of these have helped me grow as a person and tighten my grip on logic. I cannot think of any two things more important to have by the time you graduate than better reasoning skills and personal growth.