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Learning Outcomes for Majors


LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

Students who complete a philosophy major develop:

 

 1. Understanding of the history of philosophy.

An understanding of the history of philosophy includes knowing the seminal figures, their major doctrines and their methodologies.

 

2. Proficiency in philosophical investigation.  

A proficiency in philosophical investigation includes the ability to interpret texts, explain theories, and identify relevant arguments.

 

3. Proficiency in critical thinking.

A proficiency in critical thinking includes the ability to ask relevant questions, examine different sides of an issue, and recognize and evaluate arguments. 

 

4. Proficiency in independent thinking,

including the ability to develop and defend original positions.

 

5. Proficiency in writing,

specifically, stating and defending a clear and substantive thesis.