(Originally published Oct 25, 2012)

My earlier post on Philosophy majors GRE scores has gotten me thinking.  We need to do a better job of selling our product, i.e., an education in philosophy.  That may be a crass way of putting it, but hopefully helpful.  While the climate for philosophy certainly varies from one university to the next, the general trend nationwide has been troubling.

So I’ve been thinking about how to change things.  What can we do as philosophy departments to attract more major, as well to make the case to skeptical administrators or bureaucrats to keep and support philosophy departments.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll have a series of posts on this topic.  (Today is just the preview.)  Here are the three topics I’ll be discussing in the upcoming posts:

  1. Marketing – How can we better market the great stuff we do already and how to attract more students?
  2. Benefits of philosophy – What new arguments can we come up with to explain and emphasize the advantages that come with studying philosophy?
  3. Tweaking the curriculum – How could we adjust the courses we teach to attract more students?