Philosophy majors learn to think rigorously about fundamental questions, understand and evaluate conflicting points of view, express ideas clearly and logically, and reason in a careful way; these skills are useful in almost any career. A few philosophy majors go on to teach philosophy. Many more use philosophy to prepare for other areas, like law, medicine, administration, or journalism.

Many students choose philosophy as a second major or a minor. Your first major likely raises questions about values or methodology that philosophy can explore; so philosophy can deepen and broaden your first major. It also can enhance your intellectual skills — to question, think seriously, and speak clearly. So a second major or minor in philosophy can help prepare you for a profession in your first field, or for graduate school.

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