Philosophy Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing the philosophy program,

  1. Students will be able to describe a range of central philosophical problems and some of the main arguments for and against solutions to them in the three principal divisions of philosophy: value theory, metaphysics and epistemology.
  2. Students will be able to articulate how philosophical theories and arguments developed historically in response to earlier philosophical ideas and cultural contexts.
  3. Students will be able to read with understanding primary texts in philosophy that require application of analytical and conceptual skills.
  4. Students will be able to identify arguments, including their underlying assumptions, and to critically evaluate them using the techniques of formal logic.
  5. Students will be able to apply their philosophical skills and knowledge to formulate and support their own positions on major philosophical issues.
  6. Students will have developed their written and oral communication skills sufficiently to present philosophical arguments in a clear and convincing way.