December 8, 2006

Number of philosophy majors at Bowling Green on the rise. As are the test
scores of philosophers!

December 8, 2006

Undergraduates are increasingly discovering Bowling Green’s excellent philosophy program. The philosophy department had 20 majors in 1996. In the years since then the number of majors has been: 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 32, 39, 43, 48, and currently stands at 58. The department has made significant changes, without grade inflation or watering down the serious philosophical content of our courses, to remove impediments to students majoring in philosophy. And the students have responded!

In addition to appreciating the distinctive applied focus of the program, these majors know that Philosophy Undergraduates nationally score amazingly well on the GRE test and other standardized tests such as the LSAT (which is the test for admission to law school). One’s GRE scores are divided up into Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing. The most recent news is that those who took the GRE intending to go on in philosophy, which will typically be philosophy majors, scored better than people who intend to go into any other field, of the over 50 fields, in both Verbal and Analytical Writing. Philosophers also scored better than any other field in the Humanities and Arts in the Quantitative part of the test. Also, according to the most recent numbers available, Philosophers scored higher than any other major except Physics on the LSAT.