Hampden Sydney, VA 23943
Dr. Patrick A. Wilson, Chair
Philosophy: Making Good Professionals Better
A philosophy major provides excellent preparation for work in a variety of areas. Recent studies show that employers want and reward the skills philosophy develops, for instance, the ability to solve problems, to communicate, to organize ideas, to assess issues, and to analyze complex data. These skills are transferable from one discipline to another. What you learn in philosophy makes you better in what you do elsewhere. Studies by Bell Telephone and other businesses all come to the same conclusion.
Skeptical about the power of philosophy? Don't take our word for it! Statistical evidence shows that, nationwide, philosophy majors excel on such standardized examinations as the Graduate Management Aptitude Test, the Law School Admissions Test, and both the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination. Indeed, of the many majors studied, philosophy majors are the only group to score significantly better than average on all four of these tests. Philosophy majors had the highest average on the verbal portion of the GRE, the second-highest average (after mathematics) on the GMAT, and the third-highest (after mathematics and economics) on the LSAT. Many law schools list philosophy as the most desirable undergraduate major for entering law students.