Philosophy seems to be making a comeback as an increasingly popular major in American colleges, which might be of some consolation to the approximately 13.5 PHIL majors per year that Wes processes (statistic quoted from Professor Stephen Angle).
Many students say they find the subject increasingly relevant in our fast-paced society, especially with a fluctuating job market that can reward well-honed analytical and argumentative skills. Others find more practical applications:
Jenna Schaal-O’Connor, a 20-year-old sophomore who is majoring in cognitive science and linguistics, said philosophy had other perks. She said she found many male philosophy majors interesting and sensitive.
“That whole deep existential torment,” she said. “It’s good for getting girlfriends.”
Hey, whatever works!
Full article: In a New Generation of College Students, Many Opt for the Life Examined