Should I major in philosophy?

If you're considering a philosophy major, that means you've probably thought about what you can do with it after college. (If not, go here.) Whether you, personally, should major in philosophy is a question I can't answer for you, but here are some questions to ask yourself:
  • Have you taken philosophy classes and enjoyed them?
  • Do you want a major which requires self-direction and hard work (reading, writing, and thinking!)?
  • Do you want classmates who enjoy talking about challenging problems?
  • Do you want to learn how to read with a careful, charitable, and critical eye?
  • Do you want to learn how to analyze arguments?
  • Do you want to learn how to identify and solve philosophical problems?
  • Do you want to apply philosophical ideas to ordinary life?

At Yale-NUS College, the philosophy major requires you to take courses in:

  1. An older tradition as well as a newer tradition
  2. Textual analysis
  3. Problem-solving
  4. Formal skills
  5. Application
  6. A wide range of traditions: Chinese, Greek, Indian, European, and more.

If this sounds interesting to you, come talk to one of the philosophy professors on campus about majoring!