Posters for Philosophy Departments (and others who want them)

We all know that it is difficult to get students to seriously consider philosophy as a major. Advertising helps. We at PhilosophyIsAGreat Major.com want to make your marketing easier. Our site is designed to show students, parents, and administrators that philosophy majors get good jobs. Show them our statistics; let us do the heavy work. … More Posters for Philosophy Departments (and others who want them)

Robert E. Rubin: “Philosophy Prepared Me for a Career in Finance and Government”

Robert Rubin was the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury from 1995-1999. He started out his career at Harvard University, but of all of his courses, it was his first philosophy class that he chose to write about in The New York Times. “Professor Demos would use Plato and other great philosophers to demonstrate that proving any … More Robert E. Rubin: “Philosophy Prepared Me for a Career in Finance and Government”

To be a Good Doctor, Study the Humanities

In a recent article in the Pacific Standard, medical doctor Angira Patel discusses her experience and how studying philosophy in college rather than science gave her a distinct advantage. It gave her a well-rounded empathetic point of view that helped her identify better with patients, as well as gave her a critical eye to help … More To be a Good Doctor, Study the Humanities

Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

Normally, this site focuses on higher education, but it is worth taking some time to recognize that philosophy is an excellent subject for all students. A recent large-scale study in England shows that taking philosophy classes helps even younger students succeed in all of their subjects, especially science and math. According to the study, nine … More Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

Mark Cuban says that soon, studying philosophy will be worth more than a computer science degree.

The well-known Billionaire Entrepreneur Mark Cuban argues that in the not-so distant future, a philosophy degree will be worth significantly more than a computer science degree. The reason, he argues, is the eventual dominance of artificial intelligence. Rubin explains:

“What is happening now with artificial intelligence is we’ll start automating automation. Artificial intelligence won’t need you or I to do it, it will be able to figure out itself how to automate [tasks] over the next 10 to 15 years.” … More Mark Cuban says that soon, studying philosophy will be worth more than a computer science degree.

Humanities Graduates are Gainfully Employed and Happy

On February 7, 2018, The Association of American Universities released a report offering data to show that graduates with humanities degrees are “gainfully employed and happy.” As they put it in their summary:

The report focuses on Bachelor’s degree holders. It “draws on data sources that meet the highest standards of social scientific rigor, relying heavily on the products of the U.S. federal statistical system.” … More Humanities Graduates are Gainfully Employed and Happy

Hedge Fund Investor Donates $75 million to Philosophy Department, Attributing his Success to Philosophy.

Bill Miller just donated $75,000,000 to The Johns Hopkins University Philosophy Department. He did it because he credits his business success to the education he received there. … More Hedge Fund Investor Donates $75 million to Philosophy Department, Attributing his Success to Philosophy.

5 Reasons Why Philosophy Majors Make the Best Entrepreneurs

  Nick Miller, co-founder and CEO of the restaurant-software company Gather, attributes his success to his education in philosophy. He points out that the same qualities that make a philosopher successful are essential to entrepreneurship. He lists the top five as follows: They love debate. They are comfortable with the uncomfortable. They see the big picture … More 5 Reasons Why Philosophy Majors Make the Best Entrepreneurs

The lifetime earning power of a philosophy degree, compared with all the others.

The folks at Payscale.com have conducted a pretty impressive study comparing the earning power of virtually every major. Philosophy doesn’t stack up to the top paid major, petroleum engineering, but no one really thought it did. (Although, it is worth reading our earlier post showing that the rate of return on a philosophy major is the same as an … More The lifetime earning power of a philosophy degree, compared with all the others.

A case for majoring in philosophy, from Forbes.

Philosophy majors can do just about anything. So, it is not surprising that Travis Chamberlain, started out in the military, then made his way to the one of the most prestigious universities in the world: The London School of Economics. In a recent article on Forbes.com, he outlines one of the central arguments for a philosophy degree. He writes: “The surprisingly robust … More A case for majoring in philosophy, from Forbes.

In 2015, only 5% of Philosophy Majors were unemployed, six months after graduation.

Despite the anti-philosophy rhetoric, philosophy majors do very well in the job market. A recent study by The Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows that in 2015, only five percent of philosophy majors were unemployed, six months after graduation — a percentage that has been decreasing for years. … More In 2015, only 5% of Philosophy Majors were unemployed, six months after graduation.

Phil Jackson – Championship Winning Basketball Coach

B.A. in philosophy from the University of North Dakota (1967) 13 time NBA Champion and Current President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks In Phil Jackson’s book 11 Rings: The Soul of Success, he articulates how his interest in Eastern philosophy was influential in shaping his approach to coaching. While many coaches focused on … More Phil Jackson – Championship Winning Basketball Coach

CUBAN: Don’t go to school for finance — liberal arts is the future

In a recent interview billionaire investor Mark Cuban noted that liberal arts degrees, like philosophy, are better suited for the future job market. Cuban believes the skills developed in the liberal arts can provide a unique perspective for businesses. This may seem contrarian in a world dominated by technology and STEM, however Cuban explains his … More CUBAN: Don’t go to school for finance — liberal arts is the future

A Harvard Medical School professor makes the case for the liberal arts and philosophy

It is often said that there is little connection between the liberal arts and STEM field. This is not the case. Dr. David Silbersweig, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Institute for the Neurosciences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Stanley Cobb Professor of psychiatry and Academic Dean (Partners HealthCare) at Harvard … More A Harvard Medical School professor makes the case for the liberal arts and philosophy

Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in Math and English

Nationally, the liberal arts and STEM fields are viewed as opposing and non-complimentary. However, a recent study conducted in England shows that students with philosophical backgrounds have increased reading and math scores. More than 3,000 kids in 48 schools across England participated in weekly discussions about concepts such as truth, justice, friendship, and knowledge, with time … More Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in Math and English

The myth of the unemployed Humanities Major

Humanities majors are often caricatured. Sometimes it is said that liberal arts students go to college to ultimately end up asking “Do you want fries with that?” Other times people make jokes asking “Why do so many homeless people know about Nietzsche?” A myth exists that humanities majors are unemployed and unsuccessful. This could not be farther … More The myth of the unemployed Humanities Major

Salaries of Philosophy Majors Over Time

A philosophy degree is not quite what it seems. In fact, it is much more. A recent report by PayScale noted that of all the humanities bachelors degrees, philosophy is the best. Individuals with degrees in philosophy have higher lifetime earnings, and are also tremendous contributors in the workplace. “We hear again and again that employers value … More Salaries of Philosophy Majors Over Time

Peter Thiel

B.A. in philosophy from Stanford University (1989) Co-Founder of PayPal, President of Clarium Capital, Board member of Facebook, Chairman of Plantir, and Chair of Mithril Capital Peter Thiel’s philosophical background has contributed greatly to his success as an investor and businessman. At Stanford, he was introduced to the philosophy of René Girard. Girard’s “mimetic theory,” … More Peter Thiel