Just Think: A Look at Philosophy as a Major

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 world view that brings order and meaning to one's experiences.

Philosophy develops:

  • The ability to think clearly
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Persuasive communication skills
  • An ability to respond to new situations in flexible and creative ways.
Graduates of the Baylor Department of Philosophy pursue careers in:

  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Ministry
  • Medicine
  • Politics
  • Banking
  • Business Management
  • Sales
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • City Management
  • Hospital Administration
  • Counseling
Philosophy can be a great major for students planning on graduate, law, or medical school. Philosophy majors have had high scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). In addition, a recent study revealed that philosophy majors have the fourth highest acceptance rate into medical school. Successes on these examinations have prompted people around the country to ask this 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. For questions, e-mail chairman Michael Beaty at Michael_Beaty@baylor.edu.