Philosophy (BA)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

Students will possess a broad understanding of historical and contemporary approaches to philosophy, as well as diverse philosophical methods.

  • Students will be able to name at least five historical figures in philosophy.
  • Students will be able to name at least one contemporary approach to philosophical problems.
  • Students will be able to name at least three of the major traditions of philosophy.
  • Students will understand the difference between fact and value.
  • Students will understand the difference between the analytic and continental traditions in philosophy and will be able to name at least two figures in each tradition.

Students will possess skills of critical reasoning that characterize philosophical analysis and be able to conduct effective research in philosophy.

  • Students will be able to effectively use relevant library resources in the development of an independent philosophical thesis.
  • Students will be ale to identify, understand, and evaluate philosophical figures, problems, and arguments.
  • Students will know how to formulate and defend a philosophical thesis.

Students will possess skills of moral reasoning that will help them constructively address contemporary problems in our world today and prepare them for global citizenship.

  • Students will be able to consider at least one normative or meta-ethical problem in a way that attends to at least one objection or counter-argument.
  • Students will be able to construct a well-reasoned philosophical argument about a normative or meta-ethical problem.
  • Students will be able to distinguish between better and worse arguments regarding a normative or meta-ethical problem.
  • Students will be able to identify, discuss, and evaluate at least one ethical theory or topical issue in ethical theory.
  • Students will understand the significance of and be able to critically evaluate normative and meta-ethical issues and problems in ethical theory.