I think, therefore I earn by Jessica Shepherd

“A degree in philosophy? What are you going to do with that then?”

Philosophy students will tell you they’ve been asked this question more times than they care to remember.

“The response people seem to want is a cheery shrug and a jokey ‘don’t know’,” says Joe Cunningham, 20, a final-year philosophy undergraduate at Heythrop College, University of London.

A more accurate comeback, according to the latest statistics, is “just about anything I want”.

Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show philosophy graduates, once derided as unemployable layabouts, are in growing demand from employers. The number of all graduates in full-time and part-time work six months after graduation has risen by 9% between 2002-03 and 2005-06; for philosophy graduates it has gone up by 13%.

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You Think Your College Course Line Up This Semester Is Too Demanding?

I found this at Alan Jacobs blog.  It is a syllabus for a class entitled English 135: Fate And The Individual In European Literature by Professor W.H. Auden at the University of Michigan in the 1941 – 42 academic year.  Sadly I have to confess I’ve only accomplished less than half of these requirements and its been over a life time, not a semester.  Why is that?  Whats the difference?  Were students smarter then?  Or is it because they didn’t have TV and Facebook?  I guess the better question is as a culture are we lacking anything by not reading the Greats?

W. H. Auden taught at the University of Michigan during the 1941-42 academic year. Here’s a syllabus from one of his classes. Hey teachers: next time one of your students complains that your schedule is too demanding, show him or her this.