Department of Philosophy

Learning Goals and Objectives

Option A Goals: Upon completion of Option A, a student in our department will be able to do the following:

Goal I. Articulate a diversity of philosophical problems or positions

Measurable objectives for this goal:

  • Explain a philosophical problem or position as well as alternative or opposing problems or positions (paper/exam)
  • Explain the meaning/use of philosophical concepts essential to the topic at hand (paper/exam)

Goal II. Identify and apply basic logical and analytical concepts and principles

Measurable objectives for this goal:

  • Distinguish a writer's views from the writer's report of an other view (paper/exam)
  • Identify some of a philosopher's premises and conclusions (paper/exam)
  • Construct an argument in which a conclusion follows from premises (paper/exam)

Goal III. Explain key developments in the history of philosophy

Measurable objectives for this goal:

  • Compare and contrast some of a philosopher’s views with related ideas in earlier and later periods (paper/exam)
  • Identify a theme that connects past philosophy to more recent philosophy (paper/exam)

Option B Goals: Upon completion of option B, a student in this Department will be able to do the following:

Goal I. Articulate a variety of ethical theories

Measurable objectives for this goal:

  • Explain a key ethical theory as well as alternative or opposing theories (paper/exam)
  • Explain the meaning/use of philosophical concepts essential to the theory (paper/exam)

Goal II. Identify and apply basic logical and analytical concepts and principles

Measurable objectives for this goal:

  • Distinguish a writer's views from the writer's report of an other view (paper/exam)
  • Identify some of a philosopher's premises and conclusions (paper/exam)
  • Construct an argument in which a conclusion follows from premises (paper/exam)

Goal III. Analyze particular moral problems

Measurable objectives for this goal:

  • Identify and describe a moral dilemma (paper/exam)
  • Apply one or more key ethical theories to a moral problem (paper/exam)

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