Students completing a major in philosophy will develop a(n):
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
Learning Outcomes for PHIL 1305:
1. After completion of PHIL 1305, students will be able to demonstrate improvement in their critical and moral thinking skills.
2. After completion of PHIL 1305, students will be able to demonstrate the foundational and synoptic nature of philosophical inquiry.
Learning Outcomes for Phil 1320:
1) After completion of Phil 1320, students will be able to demonstrate improvement in critical thinking skills.
2) After completion of PHIL 1320, students will be able to demonstrate improvement in their understanding of the major approaches to ethics and their application to contemporary moral problems in society.