Engaging in philosophy is a process of coming to terms with oneself, and thus with one’s place in the world. This process requires developing skills of conceptual analysis, logical reasoning and critical thinking.
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Philosophical training will allow you to critically and thoughtfully engage with people and texts that represent a wide range of beliefs, values, and experiences that differ from your own. You’ll learn how to articulate and defend your conceptions of a life well lived, and develop your ability to defend that view with reasons, as well as your ability to locate your views in respect to those of others. Majors have a multitude of opportunities to conduct research and to study abroad. You might participate in the Undergraduate Research Center’s Summer Research Program, take a semester or Oxy-led courses abroad in any number of countries, or apply for a Richter grant to undertake a community-based research project abroad.
The skills you gain studying philosophy are intrinsically valuable throughout one’s life. Our graduates have applied them to a wide variety of professions, including law, medicine, education, journalism, business, public policy and government. And you might be surprised at how philosophy majors compare to other majors in salary earnings.