“The unexamined life is not worth living” (Socrates)
The best reason for studying philosophy is that philosophy is intrinsically amazing. Specifically, philosophy engages the most basic and important questions in human life, and thereby helps one think more clearly and better understand oneself and the world. Examples of philosophical questions include:
Philosophy is also incredibly practical. Much of what you learn from philosophy can be applied in any field as it enhances your skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, writing, and argumentation. For more information about the uses of philosophy, see Philosophy: A Brief Guide for Undergraduates
Another example of practical values of philosophy is that philosophy can provide a strong preparation for graduate and professional schools. Armed with the above skills, philosophy students consistently have the highest mean composite scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the highest average scores on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and outperform most majors, including business, on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). For the test data and other practical values of philosophy, including its marketable value in a rapidly changing economic climate, check this out: The Practical Values of Philosophy
“Studying philosophy is the perfect minor for curious minds. All of my philosophy classes served as mini vacations classes for me in a day full of copying down notes. I was able to exercise a different part of my brain and linking my personal experiences to the readings…. Finding out that studying philosophy strengthens critical thinking skills was a plus for me knowing I would soon be attending graduate school. Also, with medical school still open as an option ethics class caused me to think about the hard questions in our medical communities.”
Xavia Bree Alloway, Political Science Major and Philosophy Minor
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Joungbin Lim (Ph.D., University of Virginia)
Jay Valentine (Ph.D., University of Virginia)
Rick Garlikov (ABD, University of Michigan)
Dr. Jay Valentine will be leading a trip to India, where he conducted research in 2007 and 2008. It is a three week adventure beginning May 16th, 2017 and ending June 6th, 2017. Destinations include the Red Fort in Delhi, the Birthplace of Yoga in Rishikesh, the Burning Ghats of Varanasi, the sites of the Buddha’s enlightenment and first teaching in Bodhgaya and Saranath, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and the Deserts of Jaipur.
Students can complete the study abroad with or without the accompanying three-credit course entitled “Travel Study in Philosophy and Religion.” This will be a 2000-level course that will fulfill general studies requirements.
The study abroad program cost is $1,048, including accommodations, travel within India, and breakfasts. This cost does not include air fare, lunches or dinners.
For more information, contact Dr. Jay Valentine: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact Troy Abroad: http://www.troy.edu/international/troyabroad/upcomingprograms.html