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The Philosophy BA Program: Student Learning Outcomes


By the time they graduate, philosophy majors will demonstrate high-level abilities to:

  1. Analyze, that is, to correctly identify, accurately summarize, and aptly critique arguments in a range of primary philosophical texts;
  2. Discuss, that is, to rigorously formulate, sympathetically express, and thoughtfully respond to objections to their own and others’ positions;
  3. Read, that is, to approach and interpret difficult philosophical texts with justified confidence;
  4. Write, that is, to produce philosophical essays in a style of the discipline; and
  5. Understand, that is, to contextualize philosophical positions, and to discern implications for theory and practice, both inside and outside of philosophy.

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