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Department of Philosophy

SLOs for Philosophy, B.S./B.A.

What should philosophy students know, and what should they be able to do?

  1. Students should be able to analyze philosophical arguments using informal methods to differentiate valid arguments, invalid arguments, and arguments that, while valid, rely on contentious premises.
  2. Students should be able to use semantic methods to assess the validity of arguments in sentential logic, and should be able to construct derivations in first order logic.
  3. Students should be able to compose extended philosophical essays in clear prose that meet professional ethical standards of charity, open-mindedness, avoidance of ad hominem attacks, and proper citation of others' ideas.
  4. Students should be able to describe and apply a range of important philosophical theories in epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, social and political philosophy, and decision theory.
  5. Students should be able to verbally debate philosophical theories, defending and critiquing alternatives in a manner that meets professional ethical standards of charity, open-mindedness, avoidance of ad hominem attacks, and proper citation of others' ideas.

Alignment Matrix

University Wide SLOs
Department SLOsKnowledgeCritical ThinkingCommunicationDiversityIntegrity
1.XX   
2. XX   
3.  X X
4. X  X 
5.   X X