Be Employable, Study Philosophy
So says Shannon Rupp, a Vancouver journalist. Some excerpts:
In anticipation of fall course schedules, several people have asked what I think someone who wants to be a journalist should study….. I tell people the most useful classes I took were all in philosophy…..[A] smattering of undergrad philosophy classes taught me something applicable to any and every job: clarity of thought. Name me one aspect of your life that doesn’t benefit from being able to think something through clearly.
This is far from the best article touting the benefits of philosophy. For one it spends too much time denigrating other fields. But her central point about the value of philosophy is right on the money.