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Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Students majoring in Philosophy will:

  1. Develop and apply the skills necessary to critically analyze philosophical and ethical arguments.
  2. Develop and apply the skills necessary to effectively write about philosophical arguments.
  3. Understand the main historical figures and movements in philosophy.
  4. Develop the ability to appreciate the cultural contexts of philosophical ideas.
  5. Develop the ability to deal responsibly with social and political issues.
  6. Develop the skills necessary to speak publically about philosophical ideas in a clear, responsive, articulate manner with respect for divergent opinions.
The Philosophy major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes:
 
  1. Students will be able to critically analyze philosophical and ethical arguments in terms of content, logical structure and reasoning.
  2. Students will be able to write effectively about philosophical arguments.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive and clear understanding of the main historical figures and movements in philosophy.
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the cultural contexts of philosophical ideas in written and oral presentations and discussions.
  5. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to deal responsibly with social and political issues in written and oral presentations and discussions.
  6. Students will be able to speak publically about philosophical ideas in a clear, responsive, articulate manner with respect for divergent opinions.