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Program Goals

Students completing the BA in Philosophy will have achieved the following:

  1. The development of critical thinking skills, including the ability to construct, interpret, and critically analyze complex philosophical arguments.
  2. A developed understanding of several of the major thinkers, schools and trends of the Western philosophical tradition, as well as an appreciation of the importance and value of thought emanating from outside that tradition.
  3. The ability to compose clear and coherent written expressions of complex philosophical ideas, theories, and arguments.
  4. An enthusiasm for inquiry and a willingness to engage in philosophical discussions, including those concerning the major thematic areas of philosophy such as ethics, social and political philosophy, metaphysics, and aesthetics.

Assessment Mechanisms

  1. Exit Interviews
    The department regularly conducts detailed exit interviews with its graduating majors.  These will now including the following questions:
    1. To what degree do you think your Philosophy courses have helped you to develop complex critical thinking skills?
    2. Do you think your Philosophy courses have helped you gain a familiarity with the major thinkers of the Western philosophical tradition as well as an appreciation of thought from other traditions?
    3. Do you think your Philosophy courses have helped you in your ability to write philosophical essays?
  2. Placement and post-graduate information
    The Department will track students’ entrance into PhD programs, law schools, medical schools, and other post-graduate professional and academic programs. It is expected that the placement record of the department will maintain its high level of success