To learn more about how a degree in philosophy can give you an advantage in your career path, check out the following:
http://www.umsl.edu/~philo/files/pdfs/The%20Philosophy%20Major%20Short.pdf - A very helpful overview of majoring in philosophy from the University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of Philosophy.
https://sites.google.com/site/whystudyphilosophy/ - Philosophy: what can it do for you?
http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~drkelly/KellyUndergradMajor.html - This links to a page containing information on why you might consider studying philosophy (from Purdue University - and certainly you can ignore the last two bits on that page!).
Why Study Philosophy? – Consider one answer from Emeritus Professor, William F. Nietmann.
Is Philosophy the Most Practical Major?, The Atlantic -- Edward Tenner, Historian of Technology and Culture, makes an interesting observation.
The Management Myth, The Atlantic – Matthew Stewart, Consultant, offers another answer.
A Guide to the Use of GRE Scores, 2010-11: Check out the charts on pp. 17-19 for the details on how philosophy students fared on the three areas of the Graduate Record Exam. Here are the highlights: Using mean scores, Philosophy students rank:
- first overall in Verbal (591)
- first overall in Analytic Writing (4.8)
- first in humanities, fifteenth overall in Quantative (629, behind economics, banking and finance, five science and math disciplines, and seven engineering disciplines).
An Analysis of LSAT Scores by Undergraduate Major reveals philosophy graduates are top performers on this score as well.
Philosophers Find the Degree Pays Off in Life and in Work, New York Times – Carol Marie Cropper sheds some light on the benefits of a philosophy degree.
The Philosophers at Willamette University have also thought about this--here's what they have to say.
Here are some more helpful links about philosophy and its benefits:
Major in a Minute: Philosophy – video from Georgia State University.
Why Study Philosophy? – video by John Corvino at Wayne State University.
Careers; Philosophy Majors in Demand – New York Times.
The Benefits of Being a Philosophy Major – blog post by Katrina Sifferd.
GRE Stats by Major - philosophy majors tend to do well; a post at Discover Magazine.
Which Undergrad Majors Do Best on the LSAT? – by Brian Leiter.
In a New Generation of College Students, Many Opt for the Life Examined – New York Times.
http://dornsife.usc.edu/phil/undergraduate/ - Website from the University of Southern California