More undergrads are turning to a philosophy major. As the parent of a 23 year old philosphy major who currently works as a cook in a specialty takeout restaurant but knows how to think, all I can say is this is actually a very good sign. Undergraduates are trending away from the "Konsumer Kulture" and "McCareers" and towards actual thinking. Bravo to this!
from the New York Times
QUOTE Rutgers, which has long had a top-ranked philosophy department, is one of a number of universities where the number of undergraduate philosophy majors is ballooning; there are 100 in this year’s graduating class, up from 50 in 2002, even as overall enrollment on the main campus has declined by 4 percent.
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.” UNQUOTE