Why is it that Philosophy majors do so well?
In a changing world, with new technologies, new forms of business organization, people from widely different backgrounds — a world in which many people change their career areas several times in their lives — you are going to need:
- a trained intelligence
- a questioning mind, that seeks new alternatives and can navigate misinformation
- an ability to analyze problems in a wide variety of areas
- an ability to see connections between things where others don’t
- a deeper understanding of human nature — of what makes people tick, of where they’re different and where they’re similar
- a richer sense of the range of values and activities that make life worth living
- more perspective — the ability to step back and see things whole, to adapt to change while preserving and even enhancing who you are
The study of philosophy develops these attributes as well as, or better than, any other area of concentration does. And it does so while enriching you in many ways, helping you to better understand yourself and the world around you, and to connect the things you’re learning into one unified whole. It teaches you to think for yourself, and how to do that well. What more could you ask?
Fellow Students and the TCNJ Philosophical Society
Philosophy majors are widely different in terms of interests, backgrounds, personal style, and future plans. What they have in common, though, is a love of philosophy — of questioning, analyzing, reflecting. The student-run TCNJ Philosophical Society meets every two weeks to discuss topics of philosophical interest to students. Often a student will lead discussion, sometimes a faculty member or off-campus speaker will give a presentation.
TCNJ has a strong faculty in philosophy, covering a wide range of philosophical areas and philosophical orientations. Our professors have Ph.D.s from Claremont, Columbia, CUNY, Penn, Illinois, UMass, Rutgers, Bowling Green, and Syracuse, and have published several books and many articles. All are highly respected as scholars in their fields, and some have distinguished international reputations; some have taught by special invitation at major universities in England, Holland, Germany, Japan, and South Africa. And all are first and foremost dedicated teachers, who consistently get high student evaluations of their teaching.
For Further Information Contact:
Consuelo Preti, Chair
Department of Philosophy
The College of New Jersey
Make an appointment to come in and meet the faculty and some of the majors. Maybe even attend a class or two, or a Philosophical Society meeting. If you’re not already a student here, and you’ve written something philosophical, show it to us. We’ll give you some comments, and if it’s good it could help us support your application for entrance into The College of New Jersey as a philosophy major.