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Reasons to Study Philosophy

A degree in philosophy gives you the opportunity to think for yourself on matters of enduring importance and relevance to life, and the skills cultivated by philosophy will enrich both your life and your career.
Learn more about what philosophy can do for you.

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Reasons to study philosophy:

Philosophy asks fundamentally important questions—concerning knowledge, value, existence, ethics, race and gender, truth and justice—that have enduring relevance in everyday life

  • The basic skills practiced in philosophy—clear and critical thinking, logically cogent argumentation and writing, to name a few—are the very skills demanded and rewarded in the most lucrative, influential professions.
  • Philosophy majors are highly regarded by law schools, medical schools and in graduate programs generally, not least because philosophy majors typically excel on professional school exams like the LSAT, MCAT, and GRE.
  • Judged by mid-career earnings, philosophy majors are among the strongest earners of all majors, including science and nursing.

Reasons to study Philosophy at Dalhousie:

  1. Engaging courses on topics such as the nature of the mind, knowledge, justice, gender, race, scientific reasoning, the good life, love and sex, and the limits of the law.
  2. Accessible professors, who are dedicated to enhance student learning.
  3. Professors who are highly regarded researchers.
  4. A collegial, supportive community.
  5. An active undergraduate student run society, with opportunities to publish at the undergraduate level.
  6. Options for disciplinaary or subspeciality minors.
  7. A range of options for majors and honours.
  8. We help place students who wish to do graduate work in the best Philosophy graduate programs in the world.
  9. A well-respected graduate program with an impressive placement record, (80%)
  10. Philosophy students rate highly on LSAT, GRE and MCAT examinations—at the same level as physics or engineering students