Learning Outcomes

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal #1 Analyze, interpret and understand philosophical texts and discourse.

  • Identify and describe the main aim(s) and assumptions of a text or thinker
  • Separate understanding a text from evaluating a text
  • Summarize and explicate the main support from the conclusion(s) of an argument
  • Identify key terms for analysis

Goal #2 Demonstrate fluency with the major traditions, figures, concepts and methods of philosophy.

  • Explain methodology of philosophy compared to other disciplines
  • Distinguish a priori and empirical claims
  • Understand key concepts in areas of philosophy
  • Connect areas of philosophy
  • Demonstrate fluency with major historical traditions in philosophy

Goal #3 Be aware of other major ethical traditions and be able to apply them to their personal and professional lives.

  • Explore frameworks of meaning and value within philosophical traditions
  • Explore connections between personal and societal values and practices
  • Identify similarities and differences among philosophical systems

Goal #4 Develop, organize and express ideas in a precise, clear, effective and systematic manner.

  • Research, plan and structure a philosophical paper
  • Use formal and informal logic to make and analyze arguments
  • Formulate arguments for and against a position
  • Reach and convey well-reasoned conclusions

Philosophy and Classical Studies

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Charles Natoli
Department Chair
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