Why Study Philosophy?
Philosophy majors gain valuable skills for a wide range of careers, for law school and graduate school, and for living a good life. To see if you like philosophy, take Introduction to Philosophy (Phil 2010) or Introduction to Ethics (Phil 2030). For more information on the value of majoring in philosophy, come by the Department of Philosophy to discuss the major with a philosophy professor and explore the links below:
Harsh Bhatt graduated from GSU in spring 2019 with a major in computer science and a minor in philosophy. He is now a full-time software engineer at NCR in Atlanta.
A minor in philosophy is an excellent supplement to a major like computer science. For me, the courses that I took in philosophy dealt with analytic philosophy. These classes made me better at carefully analyzing complex topics and organizing my thoughts. Those skills are essential to anyone in computer science. I was also able to translate small details better when it came to converting ideas into code. This is because philosophy teaches you to understand the big picture just as well as the more minor features that go along with it. Beyond my major, philosophy courses improved my ability to express my ideas verbally. One can expect to become proficient at communication in both work and personal life. One of the most valuable lessons I learned from the philosophy courses that I took was to see the bigger picture in life. This was essential for me in not stressing out about small failures, and in keeping larger goals in my mind.
Danielle Hudson received her BA in Philosophy (pre-law) in 2007, graduated from GSU College of Law in 2011, and now practices law in a firm in Norcross, Georgia.
My philosophy degree has proven beneficial in both personal and professional pursuits. On the one hand, I can always offer food for thought when conversations lull. On the other, my career as a lawyer began first with honing my analytical skills. I entered law school with a competitive LSAT score and skills for argument and writing rivaled by few others. As a practicing attorney, I am capable of seeing the broad picture as well as making distinctions where others see none. I strongly encourage anyone interested in law to major in philosophy. You will never regret your decision.
Jeremy graduated in December, 2011 with a double major in Philosophy and Finance. He is now working at McKesson consulting in Charlotte, NC as an implementation consultant for a hospital software system.
Graduating with a BA in Philosophy was a great career decision and a great asset when I was applying for full time jobs. My finance major helped get my resume on people's desks, but lately in interviews people wanted to talk more about my philosophy degree. The partners at the valuation firm thought that my philosophy degree was more useful in my position than a finance degree because I was able to understand the purpose and essence of the work instead of just the numbers. I was also able to effectively criticize the way that the valuation process worked, which really impressed them. The job that I'll be starting shortly thought that philosophy was valuable to the mindset of consulting because I can easily grasp concepts and solve problems.
Classes offered in the Department of Philosophy (especially Philosophy of Law and Ethics) were the most challenging and engaging classes that I took while at GSU, and the professors were able to offer great feedback to enhance my arguments. The skills I developed during my Philosophy coursework boosted my writing skills, analytical capabilities, and ability to solve problems; all of which are essential in the workplace. I have yet to meet an employer who doesn't value logic, creativity, and critical thinking, so I would strongly urge anyone studying Philosophy to enter the job market ready to display these assets to potential employers.
Christopher Fidalgo is a philosophy major who graduates Spring 2012. He wrote an Honors Thesis titled "Art, Gaut and Games: the Case for Why Some Video Games Are Art."
In my experience, philosophy fosters a certain mentality, a questioning undercurrent to my thinking. I majored in philosophy because I had so many questions I wanted answered: Does God exist? How does morality work? What is it to know something? As I continued on through the years, I didn’t find all the answers, but I started to understand and value the questions on a new level. I now had some intellectual footing to tackle the questions, even if I stumbled (and still do). I could see both sides, the pros and cons, and with no answers handed to me from my teachers, I learned how to investigate, research, and respond to the questions by myself. Now, if I face a complex issue with no clear answer, even outside the classroom, I know how to start answering it. Moreover, I know how to present my answer to an audience in a persuasive way. Philosophy fosters a desire to always learn more and to think critically through a problem. And personally, philosophy enriched my life. I’ll always be thankful for my time as an undergraduate philosophy major at Georgia State.
Kwabena is a senior at GSU majoring in Philosophy and Psychology.
Before transferring to Georgia State, I had in my mind that I would major in Psychology and minor in Philosophy. I have a strong passion for both these fields. I loved my psychology classes but when I took a few philosophy classes, my attention was captured like never before. I then made the decision to switch my minor into another major because I did not want to miss out on valuable knowledge and critical thinking skills. Also I plan on attending graduate school, and I believe that double majoring in two fields that work well with each other will be very helpful. I believe that if a student is majoring in a field that can be related to philosophy, they should go ahead and be a double major because philosophy will help with the critical thinking aspect of that primary major.
Isabella graduated with Distinction in Philosophy and a BFA in Studio Art in 2012 and is now pursuing her Masters in Philosophy at University of Houston. She wrote an Honors Thesis with Professor Jessica Berry and presented her paper, "The Myth of Art and Craft and the Definition of Art," at an undergraduate Research Conference.
I had wanted to be an artist since I was eleven years old. I knew nothing about philosophy and had never picked up a philosophical text until I transferred to Georgia State. I never imagined I would end up being a philosopher. But upon taking my first philosophy class, I was hooked. Like any other student of philosophy, life's big questions fascinate me. I do wonder what it all means and how it all works. Yet, it was the methods of philosophy that truly drew me in. I have always thought too much, and few things satisfy my intellect like dissecting arguments, finding mistakes in the logic and reasoning of others, and the copious amounts of reading and writing that philosophy requires.
The philosophy classes I took at Georgia State have prepared me well to embark on a career in academia. The faculty did a great job of honing my critical thinking skills and writing ability; I am a much better philosopher now. The faculty also made my time at GSU very enjoyable. No educator has made me laugh or entertained me as much as my philosophy professors have. Being a philosophy major at Georgia State has opened many doors for me and it has given me the chance to go on to study philosophy at the graduate level. However, I will always value my time doing philosophy at Georgia State as much for the opportunities it has given me as for how fun my time there was.
- Philosophy majors score higher on verbal section than any other major
- Philosophy majors score higher on writing section than any other major
- Philosophy majors score higher on quantitative section than any other humanities major