Value of a Philosophy Degree: Skills


Analytical Thinking

  • the ability to generate ideas on a variety of problems
  • the ability to formulate and solve problems
  • the ability to uncover assumptions and suggest alternatives
  • the ability to distinguish subtle differences without overlooking similarities

Effective Communication

  • the ability to write clearly and effectively
  • the ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing
  • the ability to organize and summarize complicated material
  • the ability to formulate and defend policies
  • the ability to integrate diverse data and construct useful analogies
  • the ability to persuade people to take new options seriously

Effective Living

  • The ability to adapt to change
  • Skills gained by philosophy majors are useful in almost any career.
  • The ability to think logically.
  • The ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • The ability to assess to pros and cons of proposed solutions.
  • The ability to write and speak clearly, attending to details.
  • The ability to ask the right questions.

critical thinking skills
The ability to identify the key issues in decision-making or problem solving; to identify a general principle that links together related problems, points, data; to define the parameters of a problem.

argument skills
The ability to use argumentation techniques to persuade others; to reason from premises to conclusions; to assess the implications of a position which has been taken.

communication skills
The ability to summarize the content of a message clearly and objectively; to differentiate fact from value; to express one’s point of view without violating others’ rights; and to explain ideas and principles to others.

information management
The ability to sort data; to compile and rank information; to compile and evaluate information; and to use this information to solve problems.

design and planning skills
The ability to look at a problem from different angles and identify alternative courses of action.

research and investigation skills
The ability to seek out information; to identify problems and needs; to systematically define a problem; to formulate questions relevant to clarifying a particular problem, topic, or issue.

management and administration skills
The ability to analyze tasks and set priorities; to identify resource materials useful in the solution of a problem.