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Philosophy is the quest to understand human existence. It encourages you to challenge, defend and develop a tolerance for ideas.
Why Study Philosophy: Studying philosophy enhances problem-solving capacities, persuasive powers and the ability to understand and express ideas. The study of philosophy provides a valuable preparation for students planning to pursue professional careers such as law, medicine and theology.
The skills you use as a philosophy student will be applicable to whatever field you choose:
Ability to organize ideas and discover common ground between opposing positions.
Communication and persuasion
Ability to present ideas and defend your own views in clear, well-constructed arguments.
Ability to interpret, compare and describe ideas clearly.
What GPC Students Say About the Value of Philosophy
“Philosophy can be practical. A logic and critical thinking class can help you separate fact from fiction, whether delivered by a television pundit or advanced by one of your buddies. Not only that, the concepts are essential for high marks on the Nursing Exam, the GRE, LSAT and other entrance examinations”.
Troy Scott Smith, GPC alumnus, 2008
“…The meaning found in philosophy can go beyond the class and make you really think on your own place in the universe,”
Donna “Terry” Rowland, GPC student, 2010
A degree in philosophy provides a foundation for careers requiring the ability to organize ideas, evaluate moral dilemmas and question the status quo.
Annual incomes vary widely according to occupation and academic degree. The 2009 average annual income for postsecondary philosophy or religion teachers was $67,610. The average annual income for attorneys was $129,020. To view annual incomes for other related professions, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
Why Start at GPC?
Georgia Perimeter College’s award-winning faculty provides students with a strong foundation for transfer to a four-year institution. GPC’s small classes allow for more interaction between professors and students. For more information about the required courses in Philosophy at GPC, view the Philosophy Advisement Form or our online catalog.