The study of philosophy is its own reward. It deepens and intensifies engagement with fundamental questions regarding the self, others and the world that arise in everyday life. But the study of philosophy also offers great practical rewards. It cultivates skill in clear thinking and writing, in logical criticism, and it increases the power and discipline of the imagination. It is excellent preparation for graduate study, professional school, seminary, and any career path in which clear thought and expression are valued. The scores of philosophy majors on the GRE, the LSAT, and the GMAT are among the highest of any major. According to a recent study, philosophy majors who enter the workforce with nothing but a bachelor’s degree see their salaries grow at a faster rate than do majors from any other discipline.
The Philosophy Department at Auburn teaches high standards of reading and writing and conversation. It expects students to become adept at criticizing the views of others and their own views. Relevant lessons are taught in the classroom, in informal discussion, and through our philosophy club, our colloquium series (AUPS), and our annual international philosophy conference.