Philosophy in Business and Medicine
Business students will find the study of philosophy helpful for their
interests. Managers must often develop and defend their proposals, which
requires skill in critical thinking as well as clear and precise writing.
In addition, managers are often required to make decisions that require
ethical judgment and sensitivity to diverse people and cultures. All these
skills, and more, are acquired through the study of philosophy.
The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is taken for admission
to graduate studies in business. In a recent study, philosophy majors
who took the GMAT outscored majors in all disciplines of business. Only
physics, math and engineering majors scored higher. (See table 3 of the
study you can download here.)
The study of philosophy assists those who wish to enter the medical fields.
Medical school admission records indicate that undergraduate philosophy
majors who apply to medical schools are more likely to be admitted than
all but 3 of the 35 fields represented. On average, humanities
majors outscore biological sciences majors on all sections of the
MCAT (Medical College Admission Test).
The study of philosophy will not substitute for business or science courses.
But it makes for a good secondary discipline by equipping the mind to
think critically and to reason broadly and deeply.
Students who are pre-med or studying for medicine-related professions
or for a business degree are recommended to take one or more of the following
- Ethical Theory
- Environmental Ethics
- Ethics in Business
- Philosophy of the Social Sciences
- Philosophy of Science
Posted on Mon, February 24, 2014
by Joseph McKinney