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Learning Goals for Undergraduates - Philosophy

Outcomes Expected of Majors

  1. Students will be able to show familiarity at the undergraduate level with some of the most important figures in the History of Western Philosophy, and with the central ideas and theories associated with those figures.
  2. Students will be able to show familiarity at the undergraduate level with some of the key figures and problems that shape contemporary philosophical discussions.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate the intellectual competencies and skills which are at the heart of philosophical inquiry. These will include:
    • an ability to interpret the meaning of philosophical texts
    • an ability to provide expositions and analysis of philosophical problems
    • an ability to construct and evaluate arguments and explanations
    • an ability to apply philosophical reasoning to elucidate and clarify problems in other academic disciplines or in the public domain


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