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Academics



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Is Philosophy an obsolete discipline?
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Some people seem to think that philosophy is an obsolete discipline and that a degree in Philosophy is a pathway to poverty. But this way of thinking is wrong. A degree in philosophy is highly marketable these days especially in our volatile and rapidly changing economic climate.



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Is the study of Classics obsolete?
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It is a general misconception that studying the Classics, namely the study of ancient languages such as Latin and Greek, is useless. Sceptics claim that Latin and Greek are "dead" languages, with no practical use; thus, studying a spoken language such as Spanish or Chinese, would be more useful. Greek and Latin, however, are not impractical or irrelevant. These languages are not just for scholars or Classicists – anyone can benefit from learning Latin and/or Greek.



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What can I do with a degree in Classics?
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It has been said that a degree in Classics will not prepare you for a specific job, but will, in fact, prepare you for life and there is some truth in that. While a career in academia is certainly high up on the list of job options, Classics graduates have been known to go into Law, Medicine, Education, Science, Business, Journalism, Heritage, Banking and the Diplomatic service.



Q:
What is Classics?
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Classics is the study of the languages, culture, history and thought of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. It is one of the most varied and interdisciplinary of all subjects.



Q:
What is Philosophy all about?
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Etymologically, Philosophy means love of wisdom. Formal Philosophy began in ancient Greece as an expression of wonder which incited deep philosophical reflections about things in the world and the human person. Philosophers, usually, are engaged in asking, answering, evaluating and reasoning about the most basic and difficult questions about life which ordinarily will not engage the attention of the lay person.



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What job opportunity is available to a Philosophy major?
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There are so many other careers that our philosophy majors have gone into. We find University of Cape Coast Philosophy alumni in various areas such as: foreign services, clergy, politics, non-governmental organisations, the academia, university administration and so on.



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What questions does Philosophy address?
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Questions such as the following are usually raised and possible answers provided in the philosophical domain. What is it to be a person? Are we the same person overtime or our identity change with time? Are we responsible moral agents or we are determined? Does God exist? Do I have a soul? Am I a body or a soul? Does life have a meaning? Is human knowledge possible at all? What is truth? Do mathematical objects exist? Is time real or an illusion? What is beauty? What is art?



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What skills will I gain from studying classics?
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Some have argued that there are no practical reasons for studying Classics, but they could not be more wrong. True, you will not come away with the practical ability to mix chemicals safely, design a house, or understand the workings of the human mind, but you will be able to analyze complex information and relate it to the modern world.



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What skills will I gain from studying Philosophy?
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As it has been shown above, Philosophy provides a wide platform to acquire a lot of useful skills. Irrespective of the field of study, Philosophy provides skills that are greatly sought after in all spheres of life from business to law, to medicine, to teaching, to computer programming, to civil engineering and so on.



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Why study Classics?
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Studying the Classics is fundamental to understanding Western civilization and the development of the history of most of today’s developed world. It is a multicultural, interdisciplinary field that provides access to the classical world through archaeology and art, mythology and religion, history and literature. Classics helps us to understand who and what we are and where we might be going.

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