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Practical transferable skills are acquired by studying philosophy

By studying philosophy, students develop cognitive transferable skills that pay off in a variety of professions—transferable skills such as

  • Logical reasoning
  • Abstract conceptualization
  • Problem-solving and creative thinking
  • Clear and persuasive writing
  • Mental dexterity
  • An ability to assess different perspectives and frameworks

2018 earnings data show that the national median salary of Philosophy graduates is now higher than nearly every other major in the social sciences, humanities, and higher than many other majors in the university — higher than Psychology, Criminology, Communication, Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Business Management, Political Science, History, English, and so on. (For one data source, see Payscale. At the link, search “philosophy,” or in the top menu, click “majors,” then “majors that pay you back.”)

Professions

Which professions do philosophy graduates pursue?

  • Technology
  • Business
  • Law
  • Government
  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Activism
  • Public Policy, and so on

Here is a trivia question for you: What do the co-founders of Wikipedia, PayPal and LinkedIn have in common with two current Supreme Court Justices and the President of France? They all studied philosophy!

Graduate Study

Some philosophy majors go on to graduate studies in philosophy in order to pursue an academic career. The philosophy major is also exceptional training for many other post-graduate paths, such as law school. In fact, statistics indicate that philosophy majors perform very well on standardized tests for post-graduate and professional study.

  • On the GRE (the “SAT for graduate school”) Philosophy majors place first (ahead of all majors) in both the Verbal and Analytical Writing sections of the test. (GRE Source)
  • On the GMAT (the entrance exam for business schools) Philosophy majors place 3rd, ahead of all Business and professional majors, behind only Physics and Mathematics majors. (GMAT Source)
  • On the LSAT (the entrance exam for law school admissions) Philosophy majors tie for first place with Economics majors. (LSAT Source)

NEW:  Our philosophy department and Montclair State’s Feliciano School of Business have partnered for a “4 + 1” Philosophy BA/MBA program.