The Department of Philosophy is committed to the implementation and maintenance of a system of evaluation that will provide an effective framework for faculty to make informed judgments about the strength and direction of the Bachelor of Arts program in Philosophy. The Department of Philosophy’s student learning outcomes are explicitly linked to the University’s General Education Functional Competencies, highlighting specifically Oral and Written Communication and Critical Analysis and Reasoning.
Student Learning Outcomes for Philosophy Majors
- Philosophical Content: Students completing a BA in Philosophy will display a familiarity with the central concepts, questions, and historical figures of the Western philosophical tradition.
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning: Students completing a BA in Philosophy will display the ability to identify premises and conclusions of arguments, the ability to critically analyze arguments, the ability to consider alternative views, and the ability to develop and defend their own views.
- Logical Reasoning: Students completing a BA in Philosophy will display the ability to apply formal techniques of reasoning.
- Written and Oral Communication: Students completing a BA in Philosophy will display the ability to write clear, well-organized, thorough, and succinct essays and the ability to express philosophical concepts and arguments clearly in discussion.
Additional information about the Department’s assessment of student learning outcomes can be found below: