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  • Surprisingly, the answer is yes.

    Philosophy gives you analytic skills that any other major won't give you. It's useful for going into history, law, science, or really any profession. There are people who claim that a philosophy major is going to leave you broke. True, a philosophy major does not bring a huge income. However, philosophy majors have a larger mid-career income than some ''practical'' majors, like business.

  • It can be

    It can be useful clearly as someone may aspire to become a philosophy teacher. Another possible use is if you're really not sure what you want to do, you really don't know much about yourself or you're really interested in knowing more about yourself and the Universe. You figure college life would do you good so you major in philosophy.

  • The overall answer is no

    A degree in philosophy will help you get a job teaching philosophy, that's about it. I know people in philosophy programs that once they're a few years in don't dispute this. It's certainly far more valuable than not having a college degree of any kind, but it's one of the least valuable majors at this time.

  • I am living proof

    I have a degree in philosophy from a reasonable university and have found that all humanities (what some call the seven liberal arts) subjects are not considered worthwhile by employers. Most of these people have no university education themselves (coming from a time when it was not widespread) and see no point in ethics or morals, only profits.

    To an employer, anything that does not generate them increased cash is worthless, so a degree in philosophy is no more worthwhile than say, scottish poetry or golf studies.

    A philosophy degree is, however, good for entertaining people at the right sort of party.

  • The overall answer is no

    A degree in philosophy will help you get a job teaching philosophy, that's about it. I know people in philosophy programs that once they're a few years in don't dispute this. It's certainly far more valuable than not having a college degree of any kind, but it's one of the least valuable majors at this time.

  • No, a major in Philosophy is not useful.

    I believe that a major in Philosophy is not useful. The problem is that the major does not prepare a person for any specific profession. In today's job market you need practical job skills, work experience or internships. Showing future employers that you have the skills to perform the job is a lot more important than just being able to think logically and philosophically.

  • No, a major in Philosophy is not useful.

    I believe that a major in Philosophy is not useful. The problem is that the major does not prepare a person for any specific profession. In today's job market you need practical job skills, work experience or internships. Showing future employers that you have the skills to perform the job is a lot more important than just being able to think logically and philosophically.


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