1. What is the Philosophy major?
2. What careers interest students in this major?
3. What skills are developed within this major?
4. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?
5. Where can I get more information about the Philosophy major?
Philosophy, the subject or discipline, is not so much a body of facts as it is a way of thinking and learning.
It consists of understanding and coming to intelligent and critical terms with concepts or ideas that are used to describe basic features of human experience as well as of the natural or physical world. These ideas — sometimes referred to as Big Ideas – include, among others, concepts like the following: notions of reality and existence, matter and mind, the rational and the irrational, the meaningful, the good, the right, the just, and the sacred. Thinking intelligently and critically about Big Ideas requires powers of reason and imagination, sense and sensibility, and comprehension and judgment. The major is designed to develop those powers or skills in students.
Great Thinkers – the likes of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, among others – provide a variety of different models for coming to terms with Big Ideas. So the history of philosophy is a prominent component in the education of a Wake Forest philosophy major. Also prominent is exposure to various special areas of philosophy, such as ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology, as well as to applications of philosophical analysis to subjects such as medicine, the arts, and law.
Careers that often interest Philosophy majors include:
Foreign Service Officer
Public Relations Representative
Skills developed within this major include: Objectivity; Ability to conduct research and explain results; Capacity to effectively analyze and problem solve; Open-minded concerning complex life questions; Ample command of grammar and vocabulary; Ability to formulate and support various positions; Skillful at analytical reasoning; Capable of integrating large amounts of information; Values logical thought and self-expression; Inclined to question the meaning of things; and propensity to support thinking with facts and reason.
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For more information about the Philosophy major, visit the WFU Department of Philosophy.