You might be asking yourself, “What’s the point in studying philosophy if there is no right answer?” Many topics discussed in philosophy classes never reach a consensus, but that’s where the practical applications of a degree in philosophy come into play. Philosophy acts as a form of intellectual exercise that will make it easier to identify problems, seek out arguments against your own views and critically evaluate solutions. These skills along with the ability to read, write, listen and communicate effectively can prepare you for virtually any career path.
How will I focus my studies?
With the skills developed studying philosophy, the career possibilities are truly endless. Here are some of the essential skills you’ll develop as a philosophy major:
- Formulating and solving problems
- Analyzing and developing logical arguments
- Thinking critically
- Writing and speaking effectively
These are just a few of the proficiencies a student can gain with philosophy. Many degrees only prepare you for very specific careers, but now you have the opportunity to build knowledge to transcend many disciplines.
Jennifer Head, Phoenix, Ariz.
Major: Philosophy, English and Spanish
“I wanted to explore a liberal arts curriculum to cultivate a more well-rounded worldview and to learn how to make connections among different disciplines. Ultimately, I wanted to develop my own ideas and an original point of view.” Jennifer is well aware of the benefits of a philosophy degree: to be able to identify problems, seek out arguments against your own views and critically evaluate solutions. Jennifer’s WVU philosophy degree has taught her how to think, not what to think.