How Hard is Philosophy

<p>I'm probably going to end up in UCSD or above, and I was wondering if anyone could tell me how hard Philosophy is. As in, is it easy to get a 4.0 and all. This is for law school so I can max out my GPA with the least work.</p>

<p>Good luck with that 4.0 in philosophy...</p>

<p>if you wanna "max out your gpa with the least work", do underwater basket weaving or something. philosophy would not be one of the first majors i will say that will give you a good gpa by doing the least amount of work.</p>

<p>It is hard to get a 4.0 in philosophy at "UCSD or above".</p>

<p>Really? I checked out some UC Berkeley's professors pages/tests/lecture notes and they didn't seem that hard.</p>

<p>How about checking out the reading? Some of the texts are close to incomprehensible...</p>

<p>They're ok. I've already read some Kant and Nietzsche for debate. And I read Derrida, Habermas, Foucoult, and some others too. I just found that you have to be relatively slow-going.</p>

Really? I checked out some UC Berkeley's professors pages/tests/lecture notes and they didn't seem that hard.


<p>Perhaps you can offer some examples and I can offer some insight. Earning As in lower-division philosophy classes isn't that hard; things become much more difficult in upper division classes.</p>

<p>lol max out your gpa with as little work as possible</p>

<p>thats a great reason to go to college. and very reassuring that youll do well in law school and a career</p>

<p>If you're looking at law school, you need to get off your butt and put in the hard work. Philosophy is difficult. Good luck with a 4.0 in ANYTHING, let alone that. It depends on the profs and everything of course. Also, are you seriously picking your major based on the GPA? Please try to get out of that high school mindset. College is nothing like it. Learn to learn, not to score good grades. This is especially true in philosophy.</p>

<p>You're absolutely right, IMO, Lumine. I'm still a high school senior, but I would be willing to bet that you'll make better grades in a major you truly LOVE, even if it's the most difficult program at the college, as opposed to a boring major that you despise, even if it's supposed to be an "easy A." Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe you would get a 4.0 in an easy one, and a 2.8 in one that truly excited you, but which would you rather spend 4 years of your life pursuing?</p>

<p>The choice seems "easy" to me ;)</p>

<p>Oh no, I LOVE Philosophy. That's why I want to major in it. But I'm also pretty fond of History, PoliSci, and other humanities. I just want to see how hard philosophy is, that's all....</p>

<p>I love it, too! It's between that, PoliSci, and English for me.</p>

<p>BTW, I encourage you to look up the email addresses of the Heads of the Phil. Departments at your ideal schools and talk to them! I did, and it's really cool. All the ones I've talked to so far (HYS and Georgetown) are very approachable and interesting. They gave me lots of cool info on both the school and the Philosophy major (like how many of their students become lawyers, etc.)</p>

<p>Let me say this, it depends on the teacher and the department. If you get into a continental department, I would imagine philosophizing there would be much more.. liberal? unrestrained and definitely more flexible. But if you get into an analytical department, haha, good luck with your life.
UCs have analytical departments btw. :D</p>