I recently attended a presentation by Dr. Todd Buras, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Philosophy. He enlightened the group on how, contrary to popular belief, the study of philosophy can help prepare students for just about any career out there. He shared that at the heart of the discipline is the search for wisdom, as students are taught how to think critically, form logical arguments, and communicate effectively. Obviously, studying philosophy aids in the development of the person, not just the acquistion of job-specific skills. The faculty in Baylor’s Department of Philosophy encourage students to view the texts and issues discussed from a Christian perspective, challenging the argument that faith and reason are at odds with one another. Here are some ways you could enhance your career preparation with philosophy courses at Baylor.
1) Take an introductory philosophy course. Your academic advisor can help you understand how an introductory course would apply to your current degree plan or other programs you are considering. Taking a course is one of the best ways to get a sense of what philosophy is about, while developing some of the skills described above. There are currently four introductory philosophy courses.
- PHI 1306 Logic
- PHI 1307 Critical Thinking
- PHI 1308 Introduction to Ethics
- PHI 1321 Introduction to Philosophy
Unlike course sections in other disciplines, the introductory philosophy courses revolve around topics and readings of the individual instructor’s choosing. Make sure you compare your options by reading the descriptions on the Department of Philosophy website before enrolling. The descriptions are updated for each semester.
As an aside, philosophy courses can provide excellent preparation for standardized admission tests, such as the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and GMAT. Logic and critical thinking are some of the key skills a student needs to employ to perform successfully on such exams.
2) Participate in a study abroad experience that includes philosophy courses. Dr. Buras explained that philosophy courses can be taken as part of the Baylor in St. Andrew’s, Baylor in Greece and Turkey, and Baylor in Oxford programs.
3) Consider a major, secondary major, or minor. Dr. Buras said that a student chooses to major in philosophy when they “love wisdom.” Click here for more information on these academic programs.