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Philosophy (BA)


The Department of Philosophy conceives of the discipline of philosophy in a traditional way: (i) as a discipline which seeks to solve conceptual problems in traditional philosophical fields, such as metaphysics, logic, epistemology, and ethics; and (ii) as the overarching, critical discipline that identifies and evaluates the concepts, assumptions, methods, and goals of the diverse fields of intellectual inquiry.

In the area of teaching, the department seeks to acquaint non-majors with the discipline of philosophy, and to thoroughly verse majors in that discipline. The undergraduate philosophy curriculum has two main goals. The first goal is to offer a sound, comprehensive program for philosophy majors that will prepare them for graduate work at institutions of the highest caliber. The major program is also designed to prepare students for careers in fields such as law and government. In particular, our pre-law concentration is intended to serve this purpose. The second goal is to provide courses and methods of instruction that will enable non-majors to understand philosophical aspects of their intellectual heritage and engage them in critical examination of the methods and values of the disciplines in which they choose to concentrate. The department will continue to offer a wide variety of courses specifically designed to satisfy college, professional school, interdisciplinary program, and university-wide requirements.

In the area of research, the department strives to advance philosophical knowledge. The department has a history of encouraging and achieving a high level of research productivity, both in quality and volume. We aim to continue to produce philosophical research at a level that is exceptional for an undergraduate department.

In the area of services, the Department seeks to serve the University, scholarly profession, and the external community, thereby furthering the mission of the University and providing the benefits of our philosophical expertise.

Learning Outcomes

Apply Philosophical Theories
Students are expected to demonstrate that they can effectively apply philosophical theories to particular problems of everyday life.

Interpret, Analyze, Synthesize, and Evaluate
Students are expected to demonstrate that they can effectively interpret, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate philosophical information.

Understand Philosophical Differences
Students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of philosophical differences, for example, differences in philosophical concepts, positions, and arguments.

Understand Philosophical Traditions
Students are expected to demonstrate a broad understanding of philosophical traditions that have shaped our diverse society.

Write and Speak Clearly, Logically, etc.
Students are expected to demonstrate that they can write and speak about philosophical topics clearly, logically, and effectively.

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