3 Important Reasons to Double Major if You Want a Philosophy Degree
In today's world, a philosophy degree rarely cuts it anymore. It's not that it's a useless degree, not at all, but that it needs to be used in conjunction with another area of study for its potential to be realized. Going for a double major with philosophy helps you widen your breadth of knowledge, and makes you more attractive as a job candidate. Interested? Read on to find out why double majoring with philosophy is a really smart choice.
1) It Helps You Get into Law School
Law involves huge amounts of reading, knowing how to parse through information to find the most relevant bits, and then critically compiling it to form an appropriate argument. Philosophy also does the same: a ton of reading, knowing how to recognize what's relevant, and then using it to form the crux of your argument.
When you apply to law school, they want to see that you're capable of learning in a wide range of topics because you won't be specializing right away. Instead, you'll be taking in a general view of the full scope of law, and philosophy's one of the best ways to prepare you for this. It teaches you how to think from both sides of the argument, how to argue, and how to attack your opponent's points when they make weak ones.
2) It'll Help Your Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing Skills in ALL Classes
Like we mentioned before, philosophy involves a lot of reading and writing. And after doing it day in and day out and getting marked on every little thing, you're going to get better at it. Even if you're the type of person who's reading this and thinking, "practice doesn't make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect", it'll improve you, too.
You see, when your profs are marking your papers and you consistently see comments like, "Need more detail here", you begin to realize, "Hey, maybe I need to spend a few more paragraphs on this point." Even things like researching and developing a topic get easier, as it doesn't take much time at all to learn just how detailed something needs to be if it's 5 pages or 15 pages.
3) Your Other Major Will Ground Philosophy
What we mean here is the second topic you're studying will help root philosophy in everyday situations. It's all well and good to learn about Kant and what he means about will in the world, but how does that apply to everyday situations? Say your other major is geography: you can apply your Kantian learnings about will to understand that geography is a really big field and you don't necessarily have to love what you do, but know that your field of expertise has a greater meaning.
Or take something else seemingly unrelated, like chemistry. We see chemistry in the world every day, and especially so since Breaking Bad was a show. But philosophy? A lot of people would argue that philosophy has no practical use, especially when placed side-by-side with philosophy. Take a second and think about what chemists actually do: they spend a lot of time researching an experiment, are very thoughtful in setting it up, and go into it trying to find an answer and not necessarily prove their initial suspicion. Too often, philosophy students can get carried away with thinking all they have to do is make a point, any point, and back it up, but having a completely opposite double major helps remind them that's not always the case.