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If I were to major in philosophy it'd be for both academic and employment reasons. It seems like philosophy majors possess skills which are desirable in the workplace, and with my employment experience I could probably find a decent job out of school.
I'm 100% not trolling. The one word answer is seemingly inconsistent with statistics about the employment prospects for philosophy majors and I'd like clarification. I'm not dead-set on philosophy, but that seems like the only program which piques my interest. I guess if I all I cared about was getting a high paying job I'd look into computer science or engineering.
Exactly, the world has changed. Especially the value of an undergrad.
Edited by Bhowie - 3/5/12 at 5:46pm
I'm sort of in that boat right now; I have employable skills, a record of producing results, references, etc and I think I'd enjoy the program. Why wouldn't you choose philosophy today?
I don't want to be rude because I'm the one asking for advice, but could you stop being so vague and provide validity for the statements you've made? Do you have any statistics showing the improbability of finding employment with an undergrad degree in philosophy?
What type of employment do you hope to find after you have your degree? Getting a tenure track position as a philosophy professor is a very long shot, and requires a PhD. It used to be said that studying philosophy alongside pre-med helped with getting into med school, but I doubt that is still the case. I've argued before that degrees in the humanities in general can be very good preparation for a career in business for many of the reasons that you cited, but that's a minority view around here, and of course I have a bias Some majors translate more readily into the corporate world, of course. Language majors make excellent translation and localization specialists for software, for example, even if their syllabus included the proverbial "French Lit 305: Gender roles in early medieval French troubadour poetry".
Maybe not philosophy on its own, but humanities majors are v employable.
Why not do law and get the best of both worlds- a discipline of rationality ( a lot of phil in jurisprudence) with marketable professional skills?
"Go to law school" is the worst advice you can give someone right now.