Tuesday, April 08, 2008

More Undergraduates Showing Interest in Philosophy

Today's nytimes.com has an article entitled "In a New Generation of College Students, Many Opt for the Life Examined." More undergraduates are taking philosophy classes and either majoring or minoring in philosophy.

I've had a small but sigificant number of my philosophy students end up minoring or majoring in philosophy, or expressing interest in taking more philosophy classes.

The article says: "At the City University of New York, where enrollment is up 18 percent over the past six years, there are 322 philosophy majors, a 51 percent increase since 2002.
“If I were to start again as an undergraduate, I would major in philosophy,” said Matthew Goldstein, the CUNY chancellor, who majored in mathematics and statistics. “I think that subject is really at the core of just about everything we do. If you study humanities or political systems or sciences in general, philosophy is really the mother ship from which all of these disciplines grow.”"