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Philosophy


Philosophy majors ask the big questions. The study of philosophy is the attempt to understand the world in as unified and general a way as possible. Philosophers want to know what there is, how beliefs are justified, how we should live, what is good, what is immoral, whether or not there is a God, and, especially, how all these things fit together.

One reason the study of philosophy is useful is that the methodology of philosophy is applicable to any subject matter whatsoever, since it involves careful reasoning, precise application of logic, and thorough analysis of concepts.

In the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), those intending to major in philosophy perform better than students in all other fields by a wide margin. In the Verbal Reasoning section and in the Analytic Writing section of the GRE those intending to major in Philosophy did better than those in all other subjects. In the Quantitative Reasoning section those intending to major in Philosophy did better than all other non-scientists. Philosophy majors consistently do well in the Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT) and have a higher rate of acceptance at law schools than any other major.