It doesn't matter as far as med school apps go. Pick whichever you like more. Psychology would technically be more useful since you'll have one section of the MCAT ready to go with minimal studying. I personally am not a fan of philosophy or the people who tend to major in it, lol.
See, everyone is saying "psychology cause MCAT," but, arguably, the psychology section as it stands now is one of the easiest sections to study for.
Unless they go for a masters/doctorate, then there's plenty of jobs(psych wise)Psych is considered a 'soft' major by many AdComs and much of the professional world, whereas Philosophy will get you some respect. It'll also get you some derision because it's so blatantly unemployable... But seriously - do it anyway. Not like a psych major is good for anything other than Starbucks...
Psych is considered a 'soft' major by many AdComs and much of the professional world, whereas Philosophy will get you some respect. It'll also get you some derision because it's so blatantly unemployable... But seriously - do it anyway. Not like a psych major is good for anything other than Starbucks...
Ok so I'm studying both and I think both are great. However, from a scientific standpoint, I do think that Psychology gives you a really strong background in basic statistics and research methods that is invaluable in understanding any scientific discipline. Meanwhile, Philosophy gives you great ethical and critical thinking skills. Again, I don't think you can go wrong, but if you do major in Philosophy, I really hope you take some statistics and research methods classes in other departments if you want to do anything in the biomedical sciences as a doctor. I really think this should be compulsory for all university students since so many students seem absolutely ignorant as to what a clinical trial entails, what the scientific method looks like in practice, and all the ethical questions behind scientific research, all which have been covered in my Psychology classes.
Philosophy is a FAR less employable field. They're the ones working in Starbucks (or in the case of my friends, servers at restaurants). Not saying psych is great like finance, computer science, or engineering, but at least there's options including grad school paths for it.
I think this is highly dependent on your definition of "sufficient".
This really is a stereotype and does not hold up according to actual data.
The Labor Market for Recent College Graduates - FEDERAL RESERVE BANK of NEW YORK
This is a sheet from the New York Fed comparing national employment outcomes sorted by major. You'll see that philosophy majors out-compete psychology majors in literally every single category. The market is over-saturated with psychology majors, and as someone said previously, it's a very soft degree.
Philosophy provides great training for most professional careers, eg. business, law, medicine. Obviously you can't just study philosophy and expect to have companies throwing themselves at you trying to hire you, but there is no way that psychology can be considered the more inherently employable major.
Can you explain further what you mean by this, premeds at your school major in psych bc they didnt like the competitive vibes from the science majors?Unrelated, but at my school the psych department is kind of known for housing all the premeds who don't want to major in a science so the competitive vibes there are a huge detractor for people.
Psychology, for the benefit of your patients. Patients are unlikely to need a philosophical discussion but many of them will have mental health issues. Although a few classes in psychology will definitely not make you an expert!! you may improve your ability to provide treatment (eg effectively encourage treatment compliance ). Or recognize the need for a referral to a licensed psychologist (PhD) and/or a psychiatrist (MD).