Major Program Student Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

Students will be able to explain important philosophical positions, concepts, arguments, and themes.

Skills:

Students will be able to construct structurally solid arguments and to critique faulty ones appropriately.

Virtues:

Students will both value and acknowledge the limits of rational inquiry. In other words, they will display both the love of wisdom and Socratic humility.

General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Philosophical Reflections on Reality, Knowledge and Value:

Students will be able to articulate major philosophical ideas and describe their bearing on the Christian liberal arts.

Reasoning Abstractly:

Students will be able (a) to identify instances of abstract deductive reasoning about abstract objects or concepts (in the form of arguments, explanations, proofs, analyses, modeling, or processes of problem solving) and can distinguish premises from conclusions (or their analogues), (b) to construct an instance of valid deductive reasoning about abstract objects or concepts (in the form of arguments, explanations, proofs, analyses, modeling, or processes of problem solving), and (c) to distinguish valid forms of deductive reasoning about abstract objects or concepts (in the form of arguments, explanations, proofs, analyses, modeling, or processes of problem solving) from invalid and/or fallacious forms of reasoning.

Integrating the Major Discipline:

Using all of their previous studies in the major, graduating students will be able to assess a vital question of the discipline deeply, incorporating its relations to the Christian faith and a liberal arts education.