The study of religion prompts, among other things, a great appreciation for differing worldviews. Study in theology promotes critical reasoning skills generally, as well as in deep consideration moral and ethical systems. Students of religion are well equipped to deal with cross cultural situations due to this understanding, and are good candidates after graduation for any job where that is a desirable skill (such as social work, international relations and business).
In today's world, religion remains a dominant force, controlling business markets, igniting wars, driving scientific inquiry and, as always, fulfilling basic and deep-seated spiritual needs for the majority of the human population. Not only does a degree in religion educate an individual, it also provides a foundation for many possible career paths. Students of religion find jobs as teachers, diplomats, lawyers, artists and humanitarians.
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As a philosophy major, you will learn how to use reason and logic to answer some of the most important and challenging questions asked about human beings and the world. Courses such as Critical Thinking, Symbolic Logic, Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, and Modern Philosophy will sharpen your ability to solve problems, think logically, read carefully and write both clearly and persuasively. These skills are useful and desirable in every field, whether your goal is a career in the computer science industry (which values a strong background in logic) or to continue your education in graduate school or professional school. Philosophy majors outperform all other majors in the humanities and social sciences on the LSAT and GRE.
Recent philosophy graduates have continued their studies at law schools, medical schools, and graduate programs in philosophy and other disciplines at such institutions as Vanderbilt University, Boston College, St. John’s College, Washington University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Virginia, the University of Colorado and the Medical College of Georgia. Several also have received prestigious scholarships.
Philosophy: A Dynamic Major
The Value of the Examined Life