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The Baylor University philosophy department has been an independent academic department since the early 1940s. Graduates of the department have gone on to further work and distinguished academic achievement at many of the most prestigious universities in the world.

The Department is well-represented by graduates who are among the faculty and administration of major universities, leaders in business, distinguished attorneys and judges, and influential theologians and religious leaders.

In 2003, the Baylor philosophy department began to offer graduate work leading to the Ph.D. degree in philosophy.

Why Study Philosophy?

The Nature of Philosophy
An Open Letter From the Faculty of Baylor University Department of Philosophy

Philosophy is the activity of thinking clearly about issues of fundamental importance. The study of philosophy helps to distinguish between good and bad reasoning, aids in clarifying, evaluating, and justifying beliefs, and assists in developing a worldview that brings order and meaning to one's experiences.

Because philosophy develops the abilities to think clearly, to solve problems, to communicate persuasively, and to respond to new situations in flexible and creative ways, it contributes both to living well and to making a living. The skills learned in philosophy not only contribute to personal satisfaction, but they are also valuable in any professional career.

Graduates of the Baylor Department of Philosophy are successfully pursuing careers in law, teaching, ministry, medicine, politics, banking, business management, sales, public relations, publishing, city management, university administration, hospital administration, counseling, and other areas of human service.

Those planning to enter graduate or professional schools will be especially interested in the success nation-wide and locally of philosophy majors on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Furthermore, a study revealed that of all majors, philosophy has the fourth highest acceptance rate to medical school. A recent article about the success of philosophy majors on the national examinations concluded with the question to college students: "Why not study something practical, like philosophy?"

A philosophy major is not for everyone, but it might be the major for you. As faculty members of the Baylor Department of Philosophy we invite you to discuss this possibility with any one of us.