The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Humanities

Mission, objectives and learning outcomes

B.A. in Philosophy 

Mission

The BA in Philosophy program offers undergraduates a course of study in contemporary and historical philosophical works, with the aim of producing critical and analytic thinkers. These skills fostered in the program are geared towards personal and professional application, and as such, the program provides an excellent starting point for a career path in philosophy, or in disciplines such as education, journalism, publishing, public policy, public relations, and law.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the BA in Philosophy program should be able to:

  1. Critically engage with historical and contemporary philosophical works, with an emphasis on reconstructing and assessing the arguments in them.
  2. Adopt professional, ethical, and open-minded outlooks as team members in a workforce, and as citizens in their community.
  3. Apply analytic and critical reasoning skills, as well as philosophical background knowledge, in professional and everyday contexts.
  4. Pursue a graduate career in academic philosophy, or become employees in fields such as education, journalism, publishing, law, economics, international relations, politics, and/or public policy.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students should be able to:

  1. Critically engage with ancient and contemporary philosophical works.
  2. Extract arguments, definitions, and ideas from both philosophical and non-philosophical texts.
  3. Distinguish different philosophical periods, and philosophical movements within them.
  4. Present arguments in a clear, analytic, and persuasive manner in everyday and professional contexts.
  5. Engage in an ethical and team-oriented manner.

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