Many of my blog posts are centered around personal interests as they should be, but this one is probably the most personal of all. This blog post is pursing a question that I have personally been struggling with, and I figured that I would utilize my blog post to help me make a decision. Ultimately, my question is should I major in philosophy? But really, the larger question is should anyone major in philosophy? In this blog post, I will be pursuing the societal implications as well as the personal implications the decision to become a philosophy major has on a student.
First and foremost, there is a stigma surrounding philosophy majors because there is this misconception that one will never be able to do anything with a philosophy degree versus someone who earns a physics degree. A huge part of this is because people tend to quantify degrees. The reality of society today is that people equate a college degree with a higher paying job which is more than understandable, however, an assumption surrounding philosophy is that there is no money attached to this type of degree because there is no “skill” gained.
In an article published by The Atlantic, philosophy is actually listed as one of the more profitable humanities degrees. However, this is also to say that most philosophy majors are not making a lot of money straight off the bat compared to someone who majored in computer science. Evidently, the “skill” surrounding philosophy is the critical thinking aspect and although that may not be quantifiable right off the bat, it is projected to eventually set you apart from the rest.
Societally, we already discussed the implication of money, but personally it is the stigma surrounding the path of choosing a major that is not in the STEM field. It can compared to someone who is pursing communications or psychology, fields that are just as useful but are looked down on because people don’t look into them enough to understand. Philosophy is more than just reading texts and asking abstract questions, but that’s all students bother to see, so it discourages other student from pursing something they truly enjoy. Overall, philosophy may not be the most profitable, but it is a foundation for a profound and thoughtful lifestyle.