Our major is supported by a developing internship program, and it includes a capstone course resulting in a senior thesis which prepares students well for the job market or graduate school. The major is also an excellent fit for the 3+3 pre-law program with UMass Dartmouth. A new course—PHL 225 Critical Reasoning and the Law—has been added as an elective to facilitate students’ progress toward the completion of pre-law degree.
Students in the major develop the ability to:
- Analyze and evaluate arguments
- Effectively communicate and critically assess diverse points of view
- Apply the tools of philosophical analysis to contemporary problems and debates
- Generate ideas as well as formulate and solve problems
- Integrate diverse data and summarize complex material
- Elicit hidden assumptions and identify prejudicial and biased thinking
Most importantly, understood in its classical sense as the practice of reflection and sustained self-examination, Philosophy is the practice of living meaningfully. Students pursuing a degree in philosophy not only learn valuable skills that will help them in their careers, but they also learn to ask important questions about how to live and live well, what it means to be a citizen in today’s world, and how to engage in a dialogue with positions and views different from their own.
Philosophy majors regularly outperform all other majors on the GRE, the LSAT, and the MCAT. So, if you are interested in graduate school, a philosophy major prepares you for success. In addition, majors in philosophy also fare better than other liberal arts majors (and many “career” majors) in terms of salary and career earnings. In fact, philosophy majors are the highest paid class of liberal arts graduates of 2016, while at the same time having among the highest employment rate. A philosophy degree prepares you not only to live well, but to do well in your chosen profession.
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