Program Description

For a complete program description please see the University Catalog.

Below you will find the department's 10 program learning outcomes.

Program Learning Outcomes

 1. Develop and express clear distinctions and definitions

  • At the conclusion of PHI 101 and 102, students will be able to make distinction and define important terms verbally and in writing.

2. Identify the parts of an argument

  • At the conclusion of PHI 120, students will be able to identify premises and conclusions in arguments.

3. Recognize and avoid fallacies

  • At the conclusion of PHI 120, students will be able to recognize fallacies.

4. Argue using rules of reasoning verbally and in writing,

  • At the conclusion of PHI 300, 301, 303, 304, 305, 379 and 383, students will be able to use rules of reasoning to evaluate a variety of classic philosophical positions verbally and in writing.

5. Identify and construct valid and invalid arguments and good and questionable evidence.

  • At the conclusion of PHI 120 students will be able to present and support an argument using traditional deductive methods of western philosophy.
  • At the conclusion of PHI 300, students will be able to recognize good and bad evidence for basic philosophical positions.

6. Recognize good and bad evidence

  • At the conclusion of PHI 300, 301, 303, and 304, students will be able to critique texts and the arguments of others.

7. Communicate clearly verbally and in writing.

  • At the conclusion of PHI 101,102, 120, 300, 301, 303, 304, 305 379 and 383, students will be able to explain and discuss a variety of classic philosophical positions verbally and in writing.

8. Support and critique a thesis

  • At the conclusion of PHI 300, 301, 303, 304, 305, 379, 383 and 490, students will be able to support and critique a thesis verbally and in writing.

9. Express accurate knowledge of the main issues and methods of western philosophy.

  • At the conclusion of PHI 300, 301, 303, 304, 305, 379, 383 and 490, students will be able to express accurate knowledge of the main issues and methods of western philosophy.

10. Recognize, describe and explain salient positions and arguments of major historical figures such as Plato, Descartes, and Nietzsche.

  • At the conclusion of PHI 301, 303, and 304 students will be able to recognize, describe and explain salient philosophical positions in the history of western philosophy.